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New Year’s Day the Deadliest Day to Drive

We’re all going to be ringing in the New Year on Monday night, just read this before you start your fiesta.

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Everyone planning to go out on New Year’s Eve should be extra careful that night. It is the busiest holiday traveling season in 6 years, and New Year’s Eve is constantly rated as one of the deadliest days on the road. That comes from both MADD and AAA.According to MADD, there were 437 drunk driving deaths in 2009 over the New Year’s holiday.

As of tonight, El Paso has gotten 32 people with driving while intoxicated (or whatever it’s called) and that number will most likely go up by New Year’s Day. When going out to celebrate the holiday make sure you have a designated driver or a plan of how you and your party are going to be getting home.

Here are some quick, easy tips on how to stay safe on New Year’s:

1. Make sure you know who is going to be your designated driver or exactly how you will be getting home.

2. If you have room in your sober ride, take drunk friends home with you. It’s more likely they won’t drive if they know you are willing to take them with you.

3. If hosting a party, make sure to watch your guests and how much alcohol they drink. If something were to happen, you don’t want to feel guilty for your part in their decision.

4. Have numbers for taxis ready. Having multiple options helps especially since you know it will be a busy night for taxis. And when drunks are tired and want to go home, they might get frustrated and try to get themselves home faster.

5. DO NOT get into a car with someone who has been drinking. They are putting your life at risk with their bad decisions.

6. DO NOT get behind the wheel after you have been drinking, even after one drink. There are so many check points on New Year’s Eve and it’s not worth your freedom to drive yourself.

7. If you see someone driving drunk, stay as far away from the car as possible. Get on your phone, and call #DWI. Let the operator know where you are and the car, license plate, and how the person is driving.

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