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How Should I Prepare for a Safe New Year’s 2018?

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. A new year, a new hope, new resolutions – but New Year’s has a darker side. In addition to being one of the biggest celebrations of the year, it is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. And the major reason for that? Alcohol.

Almost 95 million Americans will be on the road traveling during Christmas and New Year’s season. And around January 1, people are much more likely to drink and drive than most other days of the year. Roughly half of all automobile accidents at this time of year are caused by drinking and driving.

That means that, if you plan on going out and celebrating, you need to be vigilant. But alcohol is not the only danger presented by New Year’s. Here’s a short list of tips to keep you safe at home and out on the town during the New Year’s celebration.

  • Don’t drink and drive! Alcohol accounts for around 42 percent of traffic deaths during New Year’s.
  • Avoid roads between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. These are the hours with the highest number of car and pedestrian accidents. You may not be drinking and driving, but you can’t necessarily trust that motorists near you are not intoxicated.
  • Stick with your friends and family if you are going out. Watch out for each other and keep each other away from dangerous situations.
  • If you plan on shooting fireworks, make sure to follow all instructions carefully.

Stay safe, stay warm, and have a happy New Year, Oak Creek! We’ll see you again in 2018!