New Year's Eve is one of the worst days of the year for traffic accidents. the NIAAA and NHTSA state that there are four times as many auto alcohol-related accidents on New Year's Eve than any other mid-week day of the year. So how can you stay safe and celebrate the arrival of the new year? Here are some tips to keep you safe as you ring in 2009.
Get a free (or cheap) ride home: Many cities have free taxi services or penny rides on mass transit on New Year's Eve, including New York, Chicago, D.C. - even Topeka. Search "free rides on New Year's Eve" in your search engine, and find out how to get a free ride home before you go out, just in case you celebrate a bit too enthusiastically.
Celebrate with the family and help your local community: First Night is a nation-wide event that celebrates your city's local arts and culture, and helps raise money for local charities. Even if it's cold where you are, many of the events are indoors. Check out First Night Boston, Salt Lake City, and Austin, or type "first night" in your search engine for the celebration near you.
Stay home: Of course, the safest way to stay off the streets is to stay home. Have neighbors over, drink some bubbly, play games, and watch the ball drop with Dick Clark. We have the neighbors and their kids over every year, and we have a great time, and no one drives.
However you decide to ring in the new year, we wish you a safe and happy 2009.