As residents once again ring in the New Years, the ever constant warning remains, heard on the radio, seen on posters, and reiterated in news papers.
Drinking and driving is a serious offense, risking the lives of both those behind the wheel and the passengers and other drivers on the road. With New Years Eve fast approaching, the message cannot be stated enough, hoping against hope to get through to those who decide they are going to be one of the masses out on Tuesday night.
Arrive alive is another message MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) push out into the world, through all forms of media, and the statement has never been more true.
Drive to the party, but at the end of the night, when you can’t see straight and your words are a jumbled slur, leave that car exactly where you parked it and call a cab.
Call a friend who decided to stay home and go to bed at 10 p.m., or pass out on the couch with the rest of the people you came with.
There are always ways to get home, but attempting to drive when you shouldn’t even be walking, that is a red flag.
But it isn’t just the driver who needs to be smart on New Years Eve, but the passengers as well. Don’t get into a vehicle with someone you think has been drinking. Should they get into an accident it could be your life on the line.
If you see someone stumbling to their vehicle, take their keys from them, call them a cab.
Most people prepare in advance for New Years Eve, and most have back up plans for when the liquor hits them with the force of a train, but for those of you that don’t, make a plan.
Drinking and driving is not only illegal, but it kills. If the world is going to start 2014 off with a bang, let it be a safe and sound one.