As December progresses and 2016 draws to a close, Americans everywhere are preparing for end-of-the-year celebrations. While this can be a joyous time, it can also be one of the most dangerous times to be out of the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, outside of the 4th of July, the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve may see more drunk driving accidents than any other time of the year.

Below, we have collected five safety driving tips that may help to prevent drunk driving accidents in your community. Talk to your friends and family and help them to plan ahead so that everyone can have a safe and happy holiday season.

Five safety tips for driving include:

  1. Find a designated driver: If you are heading the same direction as someone else at the end of the night, consider asking a friend to be the designated driver. Selecting one person to stay sober can help to ensure that everyone has a safe way home when the party is over. Try starting things off by volunteering to drive, asking that another person takes up the responsibility on a different occasion.
  2. Take a cab: When selecting a designated driver is not a possibility for your celebration, calling a cab can be a great option. In fact, the popularity of ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber has made finding a driver easier than ever. Be aware that pricing may fluctuate during the holidays and if you think that you may choose to hail a ride, set aside funds for the end of the night.
  3. Try public transportation: Another option for many people may be public transportation, such as the bus, light rail, and train. However, always be sure to double check the times of service as many cities will have modified or limited holiday schedules.
  4. Stay overnight: Before you drive over to see your friends and family, call ahead and ask if you can stay overnight should you be unable to safely drive. This is a common situation and your host may anticipate the need for setting up extra beds and couches. If all available spots have been taken, or it’s just not an option, consider getting a nearby hotel and taking a cab or Uber at the end of the night.
  5. Do not drink and drive: Perhaps the best and easiest way to prevent drunk driving accidents over the holidays (or at any time of the year) is to avoid getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks. The repercussions of driving while under the influence (DUI) can affect your livelihood for years to come. If you don’t think you can safely drive, do not go out on the road.

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While you may take safety precautions and follow the rules of the road, other party goers may not. When someone makes the choice to drive drunk and causes a car accident, they must be held accountable for their actions. At Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC, we represent accident victims both in and out of the courtroom, helping them to get the compensation they deserve. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys possess more than 50 years of combined experience and have recovered more than $100 million for our clients.

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