With New Year’s just a few days away, many Georgians are getting
ready to bring in 2017 with celebration. Celebrating the New Year can
be fun and exciting, but has the potential to be dangerous as well. We
urge you to make responsible decisions to ensure the safety of yourself
and others this weekend.
Alcohol consumption rates are higher than your average day on December
31 and January 1 each year. During the holiday season, it’s estimated
that about 95 million people share roadways across the U.S. The combination
of increased drinking and number of vehicles on metro-Atlanta roadways
can be a hazardous one. Here are some tips that can help make this New
Year’s a more safe and enjoyable time for you and those around you:
Don’t drink and drive. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports January 1st as the deadliest day of the year for
alcohol-related car accidents each year. Please make the right decision for everyone – do not
drink and drive. This applies not only to operating motor vehicles, but
also includes bicycling and cycling – even traveling as a pedestrian
along roadways while intoxicated can be dangerous. Enjoy the holiday,
but do so responsibly.
Plan for a designated driver. If you’re planning to attend a party where there’s a chance
you may consume alcohol while bringing in the New Year, plan accordingly.
Have a designed driver assigned or be prepared to take a driving service
like Lyft, Uber, or a traditional cab. Doing so will help keep the roads
safer for all.
Be mindful of the weather. As we’ve witnessed throughout December, weather in the South can
be extremely unpredictable during winter months. Adjust your driving habits
per weather conditions. When necessary, reduce speed and always keep a
safe distance between you and other drivers. While you might choose to
make the right decision, other drivers may not. Always be conscious of
other drivers who may drive irresponsibly, especially on holidays such
as New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s is a time of celebration and fresh beginnings. In doing
so, it is important to be aware of the safety that comes with the festivities.
We at Jones & Swanson wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable New Year!