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Keep Your New Year’s Eve Celebration Safe


Although the plea not to drink and drive is said over and over throughout the year, there will still be unfortunate (and unnecessary) drunk driving accidents occurring throughout the country this New Year’s Eve. The Boca Raton Police Department encourages drivers to choose a non-drinking driver as their designated driver or, if one is not available, use the AAA Tow-to-Go service or call a cab.

Also, if you do choose to drink, NEVER EVER leave your drink unoccupied for a minute. We realize that it is quite easy to get comfortable in our surroundings, particularly when we’re amongst friends and family. Still, it is crucial that you keep your drink with you – even when going to the bathroom (if you’re not there with a close friend). Always maintain a watchful eye.

Many New Year’s Eve celebrations end the evening festivities with a beautiful fireworks display to ring in the new year. While it may be tempting to have your own display, it would probably be best to leave the fireworks to the professionals, especially if you are drinking. Besides, if you didn’t know – ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL (except for sparklers).

Everyone is encouraged to enjoy all the holiday festivities taking place in Boca Raton and elsewhere throughout the state. However, if you are attending a public event, it is important for you to be mindful of your surroundings. Whenever you have a combination of partying and drinking, something out of the ordinary is bound to happen. That said, you should remain watchful and keep your drinking to a minimum to ensure that you remain as aware and alert as possible.

Additionally, make sure you have a cell phone available and that it is fully charged just in case something happens and you need to contact a family member – or the authorities.

MADD encourages drivers who intend to celebrate to make a plan for the holidays and let others know about the plan. Almost 30 people die in drunk driving collisions daily in the U.S. and hundreds of individuals sustain injuries. This number increases during the holiday season, with New Year’s Eve being the most dangerous day of the year.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, or if you have questions or concerns about how a DUI may affect your driving privileges, contact The Shiner Law Group today to discuss your situation.

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