EFR reminds drivers to celebrate the New Year safely

December 28, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 28, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue is reminding drivers to plan ahead for safe travels during New Year celebrations.

People are much more likely to drink and drive Jan. 1 than during any other major holiday, according the National Safety Council.

Alcohol interferes with a person’s coordination, driving skills and judgment. Drinking can cause people to lose control and become aggressive, which can also affect driving skills.

The fire department offers these tips to get through the holiday parties:

  • Do not have more than one drink per hour, and make every other drink a non-alcoholic one.
  • Pick a designated driver to get you home safely. A designated driver should be someone who has not had anything to drink.
  • If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely. Plan to have sober designated drivers available.
  • Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the road.
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