Hard to believe it, but 2018 is fast approaching! Many of us spend the days leading up to, and especially New Year’s Eve, getting ready for the occasion.

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind for a fun and festive New Year’s celebration!

1. Do Not Drive Drunk or Under the Influence

This is always worth reiterating, even if we think we know theconsequences: Do Not Drink and Drive. In the era of Lyft and Uber, there’s no reason to drive home intoxicated even if you don’t have a designated driver.

Also, just because you haven’t had any alcoholic drinks doesn’t mean that you are free and clear to drive on the road. State and local officials are emphasizing this in their campaign message, “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”

Taking any kind of substance that can alter your judgment or reaction time (even prescribed medications) qualify as an ‘under the influence’ substance. Over the decade between 2005 – 2015, the percentage of fatal crashes involving an impairing drug besides alcohol has risen from 26.2% to 42.6%. Even since 2012, 14% of impaired drivers tested positive for drugs, over the 7.3% that tested for alcohol.

Local law officials will be out in force this weekend with numerous DUI patrols between the hours of 7PM and 3AM in an attempt to prevent impaired drivers from wreaking havoc on the roads.

2. Stay With Your Group & Stay Connected

Many of us like to enjoy New Year’s Eve out on the town or in a big city like Las Vegas or New York City.  Especially in those larger cities and enjoying the holiday with many different people, it can become easy to get separated from your friends or your group. Make sure your phone is fully charged and you have a general game plan for the evening, to ensure the safety of everyone in your group.  Even if you are together, check in with each other every so often to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves and not feeling threatened or otherwise putting themselves in harm’s way. 

3. Pet Safety

As always, be sure your pets are safe and sound for New Year’s Eve.  Loud noises like firecrackers or blasting music can scare them, prompting them to possibly run out of the house and into the street. Additionally, their fear may cause them to react suddenly and bite people.

Be sure doors, gates, and fences are secure. Also, have current ID tags on your pets in case they do manage to escape. Your vet may also recommend some sort of tranquilizer or sedative to calm their nerves if they get especially anxious and upset during all the activity. Please be sure to consult with your veterinarian first before administering any medications, even if they have consumed them in the past.

Above all, use your common sense and have fun! We wish everyone a wonderful, happy, and safe New Year.

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Check Out These References for Further Reading:

“Winter Holiday DUI Campaign – New Year’s Eve Weekend.” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Retrieved 28 December 2017. https://local.nixle.com/alert/6322815/

“Staying Safe When It’s Time to Celebrate.” NM Breakthroughs in Care. Retrieved 27 December 2017. http://www.nmbreakthroughs.org/wellness/nye-safety-tips

“New Year’s Eve Safety Tips.” MetroFire. Retrieved 28 December 2017. https://metrofire.ca.gov/index.php/cs-safety-tips/81-new-years