This time of year brings a lot of joy. There are parties and presents, time with friends and family. However, more parties and days off from work lead to more drinking and driving. The holiday season sees more alcohol-induced accidents than any other time of the year. Though we can never completely end these incidents, we can work together to help keep our community safe.
One simple way to stay safe is to exercise personal responsibility – your car will still be there to greet you in the morning.
If your question is one of “why ride home?” I would like to offer a counter: why not?
When I used to go out, I spent many nights sleeping on a friend’s floor. I didn’t mind, because I knew that it was safer than the alternative. However, the nights may have gone smoother had there been a plan. In this day and age, we have the resources to ensure each person gets home safely. If you’re having trouble finding a designated driver, you can plan to take a taxi or an Uber each way. Creating a plan before the night begins will ensure peace of mind, no matter how much you have to drink.
So let loose! Hit up your favorite sports bar and rock the office holiday party. Life is short, and we only get to experience these holiday events once a year. But above all, please be safe. Your loved ones will be happy to know that you made it home safe and sound.