Value life — don't drink and drive on New Year's

Dec 27, 2013

Next Wednesday marks a brand new year and many people will be celebrating the New Year Tuesday night with friends and family.

We only ask that you be a responsible guest or host if you are attending or throwing a party. There are too many lives lost every year, especially this time of year, because someone chose to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Almost 300 people died in the last year because of alcohol-related accidents.

When you make the decision to drink and drive, you are putting yourself and many others in danger. Just remember it is someone’s daughter driving home from work late at night, it is a dad getting off from the graveyard shift trying to get home to his family. If you plan to drink, make sure you have a designated sober driver or plan to stay the night wherever you will be drinking.

If you are throwing a party, you are just as responsible for the safety of your guests. Be sure to serve food for your guests, especially if they are drinking alcohol. Stop serving alcohol a couple of hours before the party will end.

One way to ensure that no one drives drunk is to collect everyone’s car keys as they come into the party. No one drinking can get his or her keys back until the next morning. Call someone a ride or a cab if they insist on going home.

Even if you are not drinking, remember to be a defensive driver on the road. Be on the lookout for reckless drivers and call law enforcement to report them. You could be saving a life.

Drinking and driving is not worth your life or anyone else’s — don’t risk it. No one deserves to receive that dreaded call from law enforcement or the hospital in the middle of the night. No one deserves to start the year with the loss of a loved one because of someone’s selfish and foolish decision.

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