The Dangers of New Year’s Eve

By: Joanne Wang

New Year’s Eve excitement is prevalent in almost every person as December comes to a close. It is very common for people to ring in the new year with parties, fireworks, friends, family and alcohol. New Year’s Eve has always had a reputation as a time of celebration and reflection, but what often goes unacknowledged are the casualties that result from irresponsible celebrating.

According to Elite Driving School, there are 71 percent more crashes related to drugs and alcohol between Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 6 a.m. compared to an average night.

This statistic shows how dangerous it is to be under the influence and on the road at the same time. However, there are ways to reduce the number of accidents that can occur.

For example, there can be a designated driver who will abstain from substances that may impair their judgement. Furthermore, revelers can choose to stay the night at the location where they are celebrating. The host can also collect everyone’s car keys as the party begins.

There are several different options and methods that can be used to minimize the chance of anyone getting hurt during New Year’s Eve. Celebrating the passing of a year should be filled with joy and fun, but it is important to keep safety in mind while doing so.

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