We hope that your Holidays have been filled with the warmth and wonder of the season. In our efforts to keep you informed and safe, we would like to take a moment to show you some startling numbers.
Over the past five years, an average of 300 fatalities were recorded due to drunk driving between Christmas and New Year's Day according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As a response, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) has kicked off its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which includes nationwide TV advertisements aimed at warning Americans to stay safe over the holidays and raise awareness of drunk driving.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these safety tips to help prevent tragedies caused by drinking and driving:
Choose a designated driver.
Before a party, make sure at least one person will stay sober to make sure everyone gets home safely.
Hand over your keys.
Those who plan to drink but don't have a designated driver should give someone else their keys so they won't be tempted to drive.
Take along an overnight bag.
If the party will run late or there will be heavy drinking, be prepared to spend the night.
Take public transportation.
Many cities run extra buses and trains to accommodate holiday crowds. Partygoers can also share a taxi to cut down on costs.
Don't walk home.
More pedestrians are killed Jan. 1 than any other day of the year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Those who do choose to walk should wear bright, visible clothing and stick with a group.
Whether riding or driving in a car, a seat belt is the best way to avoid injury.
Keep tabs on young people.
Know who they're with, where they're going and when. Parents should coordinate with one another to make sure kids get home from parties safely.
Take your time to get sober.
People only sober up with time — not coffee.
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Please take a moment to visit the NHTSA website, see more about their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, and make your plans for safely celebrating the New Year.
We wish you and yours a joyous New Year! We are here to answer your insurance questions and give you valuable information. Contact Us.
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