We have come to the end of 2015 and it’s time to roll in 2016 with friends and family. While this time of year is filled with fun and celebration it is also filled with increased risks. The Red Cross wants to remind you that you can have fun – and stay safe – this New Year’s.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “fatalities in crashes that involve one or more impaired drivers appear to increase significantly during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods”. What’s more it’s not just those driving that are at risk – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) sites 58% of pedestrians who died on New Year’s were legally intoxicated.
However there’s no need to forgo this seasons festivities. By following a few tips you can ensure that you celebrate safely:
Don’t Drink and Drive.
One of the best ways to start safe is to not drink and get behind the wheel. Assign a designated driver, keep taxi numbers handy, and know your public transportation routes and schedules.
Walk With a Buddy
Traveling safely goes for walking as well. If you are going to be hoofing it this year make sure you have a non-drinking friend assigned to walk you to where you need to go.
Hosting a Party? Hold on to Car Keys!
If the party is at your home you can take pre-cautions to ensure that everyone travels home safely. Asks that your guests give you their car keys when the party starts and have a plan for them to stay the night if needed.
Keep in Contact
Fully charge your phone and make sure that someone knows where you are at all times. People can get separated in the holiday crowds so it’s important that you can get in touch with a friend or family when needed.
Celebrating the New Year should be filled with joy and fun. By planning ahead of time you can ensure that the evening is also a safe one.
Happy New Year from the American Red Cross!