The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 300 people are killed in drunk-driving crashes during the holidays each year. New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous nights on the road, with a higher-than-average number of .
If you’re planning on ringing in the new year with a few drinks, you can do a few things to avoid getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Here are four ways to avoid a DWI this New Year’s Eve in Colorado.
Plan and Have a Designated Driver
One of the best ways to avoid a DWI is to plan and have a designated driver. If you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a friend or family member who can drive you home.
Designated drivers are crucial on nights like New Year’s Eve when more drunk drivers are on the road. Other options are available if you can’t find a designated driver.
Take Public Transportation or an Uber
If you’re planning on drinking on New Year’s Eve, your best bet is to take public transportation or an Uber. With the high volume of drunk drivers on the roads, it’s not worth the risk of getting behind the wheel.
In Colorado, there are several options for public transportation, including the RTD bus and light rail system. The RTD website has a trip planner to help you map your route. If you’re planning on taking an Uber, you can download the app and create an account in advance.
Eat a Good Meal Before You Start Drinking
Eating a good meal before drinking can help you pace yourself and avoid overindulging. When your stomach is empty, the alcohol will be absorbed into your system much faster.
Consuming a hearty meal will help to slow down the absorption of alcohol and prevent you from becoming too intoxicated. So, before you start your night of drinking, have a good dinner.
Pace Yourself: Alternate Between Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Pacing yourself is key to avoiding a DWI on New Year’s Eve. If you’re going to be drinking, make sure to alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. This will help to keep you from becoming too drunk.
It’s also important to drink plenty of water throughout the night. This will help to prevent a hangover and keep you hydrated.
To speak with attorney Christopher Jeffress, please call 303-632-9748 if you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident.