MAKE NEW YEAR’S EVE A CELEBRATION – NOT A DEADLY ONE WITH TOO MUCH ALCOHOL!

By Leslie Terjesen on Thursday, December 29, 2016

MAKE NEW YEAR’S EVE A CELEBRATION –

NOT A DEADLY ONE WITH TOO MUCH ALCOHOL!

 

            Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, pointed out that New Year’s Eve can turn a time of celebrating into a dangerous or deadly situation if someone has too many drinks and then drives.  He said, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver.”

 

            Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said anyone going to a New Year’s Eve get-together or is hosting a get-together, should make plans ahead of time that everyone gets home safely. 

 

            Regenye offers these tips from Mother’s Against Drug Driving (MADD):

  • Before your New Year's Eve celebration begins, make a plan to get home safely. If you know you are going to drink alcohol, designate a non-drinking driver ahead of time and leave your keys at home.  You may want to put the number of a local taxi company in your cell phone if you think you may need to get a ride.
  • If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Be as non-confrontational as possible, enlist a friend or two to help, and if possible get the person's keys.  If all else fails, call law enforcement.
  • Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking. If you see someone driving drunk, call 9-1-1.
  • Keep the phone number of a taxi service on hand for guests or offer your sofa to guests who need to stay put.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that the cost of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge may be up to $10,000 -- much more expensive than cab fare.  Don’t endanger your life or someone else’s by getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

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