Far too often, people who drive drunk and get pulled over or, far worse, cause a fatal car accident, give the excuse that they had no other way to get home. New Year’s Eve is a time of renewal. It should not be a time of sadness, grief, or loss. Whether you plan to drink or not on New Year’s Eve, take the time to research alternate ways home from your celebration destination before you head out for the night. If at the end of your revelry, you discover that you shouldn’t get behind the wheel, you will have an alternate ride at the ready.
The Sad Statistics Surrounding New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights for alcohol-related car accidents:
- 48 percent of highway deaths that occur on New Year’s Eve are alcohol-related, according to MADD.
- 118 motorists are killed every New Year’s Day, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Between the years 2008 and 2012, January 1 had the highest percentage of alcohol-related deaths when compared to other days of the year and other holidays, according to com.
Best Practices for New Year’s Eve
You may not be in the habit of taking a hired ride or public transportation anywhere, and you may solely depend on your own vehicle for transportation. Navigating an unfamiliar travel experience, especially on a busy holiday, may not be appealing to you. However, knowing that you have options will help ensure that you make the right decision at the end of the night – the decision to get home safely rather than drink home while intoxicated. Here are just some of the ways to avoid a drinking and driving accident, and many of them include your smartphone, which, as long as you’re not using it when you’re driving, can be a major asset:
- Get appy. Download the Uber app, or the app of any nearby taxi or ride-sharing service. Create an account ahead of time and stay logged in so a ride option is right at your fingertips.
- Yell taxi. Program the number of a local taxi service into your contact list. Ordering a cab will be simple and fast.
- Hop on board. Research the local bus or train schedule so public transportation is an option.
- Choose a teetotaler. Select a designated driver. This term, of course, refers to a person who is not drinking at all on New Year’s Eve, not just the person who drinks the least.
No Tolerance for Drinking and Driving in Michigan
Besides ensuring your safety and the safety of others, there are important Michigan drunk driving laws to keep in mind on New Year’s Eve and any night you might consider driving while intoxicated:
- A person is considered legally drunk in Michigan with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.
- Michigan has a zero-tolerance law for drunk drivers under the legal drinking age of 21.
- Drunken driving citations can include jail time, fines, suspended license, revoked license, and more.
Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to call for your safe ride home. And don’t lament the cost of your ride. If your holiday celebration involves alcohol, enjoy a FREE safe ride home on Christensen Law on New Year’s Eve.
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