New Years Eve is a time to celebrate the reflections of the year past and the possibilities of the year to come. Enjoy the festivities, but also be aware of your surroundings and take a few precautionary measures to avoid ringing in the new year in one of the most costly ways possible: getting arrested for a DUI.
Popping champagne bottles is all fun and games, until someone gets hit in the eye. Be mindful of drunk people opening champagne bottles. Even some sober people do not remember to aim the cork away from people. Unless you are with a close group of friends, pay attention to your drink at all times. If you are at a larger party or out at a bar, pour your own drinks or watch the bartender make one for your. Never leave your drink
Do not drink and drive. Remember buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even if you don’t feel “drunk” you may still blow well over the legal limit of 0.08% BAC if you get pulled over. And you can expect to get pulled over. Police are out in full force every New Year’s Eve and will be again this year. Don’t ring in 2014 from a jail cell with thousands of dollars owed in fines and legal fees or increased insurance rates. If you do end up in legal trouble, call us right away.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: before you leave for the party, save the number of a taxi service in your cell phone so you can quickly call for a ride when the festivities are over. If you are the designated driver, be mindful of other cars on the road. Just because you are sober and driving does not mean that others will be as careful. Be alert for swerving vehicles. It is a good idea to keep your cell phone charged, and to have an emergency kit in your car just in case.
Public New Year’s events can be confusing and disorienting. Stick together with your friends and be wary of your surroundings. Have your cell phone charged and ready to go in case you get lost in the crowd. Stay in groups and do not wander out alone. Remember, never leave your drink unattended, but discard it if you leave one place and walk to another. Open containers of alcohol are not allowed on public sidewalks.
Starting off the New Year in a bar fight is not something you want to be a part of. Keep your cool in bars and stay away from conflict. If you or someone you know does get injured in a bar fight on New Year’s Eve, give us a call immediately, or visit our website for more information.
Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Police will have a zero tolerance policy for fireworks on New Year’s Eve. You might even end up in jail.
If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, make sure your animals are in a secure room away from the action. Loud noises and drunk guests can agitate your animals making them more prone to attack your guests.
If you end up in legal trouble, make sure our number is saved in your cell phone and call us right away.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year!