Having a sober, designated driver tops MADD’s list for safe New Year’s Eve driving
Here’s what MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has recommended to ensure that everyone has a safe New Year’s Eve:
- Designate a sober driver to make sure you — and everyone with you — arrive home safely this holiday season.
- Reserve a cab prior to heading out.
- Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
- Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.
- Plan activities like party games or door prizes.
- Confirm that at least one person in each group is prepared to be the sober designated driver and/or has a plan to get home as guests RSVP.
- Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
- Avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
- Offer non-alcoholic beverages or “mocktails” for designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.
- If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a non-carbonated base, like fruit juice.
- Be prepared by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.