Celebrate Responsibly – New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

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Following a few simple guidelines could prevent a tragedy:

  • Plan ahead by naming a “designated driver.” Make this your responsibility. Remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving.
  • Several modes of public transportation are offering free service throughout the Bay Area – details are here: http://sf.funcheap.com/1231-free-cheap-nye-public-transportation-bartmunisamtranscaltrainvta/
  • Take advantage of the special late night service BART is offering, visit http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2013.
  • California AAA is offering a Tipsy Tow Program for those who shouldn’t drive but don’t want to leave their car behind: http://calstate.aaa.com/auto/car-traffic-safety/aaa-tipsy-tow-program
  • Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option.
  • Make sure you have plenty of food on hand.
  • Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
  • Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.
  • Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive – Contact a local cab company to provide rides for you and/or your guests.
  • Staying inside at midnight to celebrate with friends and family is always the safest place to be.
  • DO NOT fire weapons into the air. Bullets and projectiles can travel long distances causing injury and death. You have no control where a projectile will land when fired indiscriminately into the air.
  • All fireworks (even those deemed safe and sane) are illegal in (insert city/county if applicable).
  • Keep an eye on your pets. Loud noises, fireworks, gunshots, all can be frightening to animals. Keep your pets indoors or consult your veterinarian for options. Make sure they are wearing collars with identification should they become lost.
  • AND REMEMBER – If you are parking your vehicle somewhere to enjoy holiday festivities –
  • LOCK your vehicle, and
  • Stow valuables OUT OF SIGHT!

20131229-131056.jpgIf you are the designated driver:

  • Remember that you are the “Captain of your Ship” – Be responsible and make sure that you and your passengers are wearing a seat belt.
  • Be a defensive driver – remember that unfortunately everyone on the road is not a sober as you!
  • Keep distractions (cell phones, food, and drunk friends) to a minimum.
  • Help us to avert tragedy – find a safe location and call 9-1-1 if you see a drunk driver on the road.

Please enjoy your holiday, celebrate responsibly, and have a safe and happy New Year!

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