At midnight on New Year’s Day, many believe a magical switch gets flipped that replaces the regrets of the previous 12 months with hope and promise for the next year. New Year’s Eve is a day to spend with friends and partners-in-crime, celebrating the end of a hard year with the pop of a bottle of champagne, while New Year’s Day is about recovering with family, those same friends, and a home cooked meal.
If this sounds familiar, just remember that if you are drinking on New Year’s Eve, do not drive. The holiday season comes to an end on December 31, making it one of the most dangerous nights to be out on the roads. Partnering drunk drivers with late nights and winter weather conditions, and you have a recipe for accidents, injuries and even death, and nobody wants to start the New Year with a DUI or DWI.
Keep in mind that a DUI or DWI conviction can have some or all of the following consequences, and more:
- Court costs and fines.
- Jail time.
- Community Service.
- Suspended or revoked driving privileges.
- Ignition Interlock Installation.
- Alcohol or substance abuse treatment programs.
- Loss of employment.
- Higher car insurance premiums or loss of car insurance.
By staying safe and sober this New Year’s Eve, you are giving yourself, your family and friends the assurance that you will remain alive and well for many years to come. While it is always fun to celebrate the end of the year with that champagne toast at midnight, and there are responsible and fun ways to mark the end of the year that do not include endangering your life and the lives of others on the road.