New Year’s Eve is just around the corner!
As you’re planning your celebration, take into consideration that between 6 p.m. on December 31 and 6 a.m. on January 1 are the most dangerous hours of the year to drive or ride in a car on our nation’s roadways. If possible, avoid being on the road during that window of time.
If your celebrations this year will include alcohol, follow these tips to ensure you have a safe start to 2019:
1. Make a plan ahead of time. Don't wait until you've started drinking to figure out how you're going to get home.
2. Never get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. Even one alcoholic beverage can impair his or her ability to drive safely.
3. Make sure friends and family who celebrate with you have a safe ride home, or invite them to sleep on your couch or spare bed.
4. Plan to call a taxi or use a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft to help you get home safely.
5. If you wake up early on New Year’s Day after consuming too many adult beverages the night before, be aware that you could still be legally intoxicated and don’t drive until enough time has passed that you’re sober.
Also, if you witness a driver who you suspect may be driving under the influence, pull over to a safe place and call 911.
Remember, our high-visibility campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over runs until January 1, 2019. Our department has more officers on the road conducting saturation patrols looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect a hefty fine of up to $13, 500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension, and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.