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How to prevent drunk driving on New Year’s Eve

In just a few days people all over Florida will be heralding the arrival of the new year. While celebrating with friends and family is surely fun, when celebrations involve alcohol there is an increased risk of driving while drunk. That’s why it’s crucial that all motorists have the right information to keep themselves and others safe.

First, it’s important to recognize how even a little alcohol can affect you. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the effects of alcohol begin almost immediately. While .08 BAC is the legal limit for driving, at .02 BAC a person’s ability to properly see the road and perform two tasks at once can be impacted. At .05, coordination is even further diminished, as is a person’s response time to unexpected occurrences, such as a sudden road hazard.

Once a driver reaches .08, muscle coordination is further weakened, and perception is impaired. From here abilities are reduced even further until substantial impairment occurs, which can involve vomiting, problems with balance, and issues with visual/auditory processing. A person in this condition will be all but unable to operate a vehicle safely, thereby putting themselves and others in jeopardy.

Now that you recognize how alcohol can affect you, the next step is to prevent yourself, and others, from becoming dangerously inebriated. You can also arrange for another driver when celebrating, as suggested by State Farm. Cabs, ride shares, and even designated drivers are all vital to prevent serious injury on the road. If you’re having a party, make sure your guests have many beverage options, including non-alcoholic drinks. Also, be sure to serve food, which can help keep drinking in check. If you recognize a friend is drunk and attempting to drive, try your best to dissuade them, either by offering a place to stay or by taking their keys. 

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