Don’t drink and drive this New Year’s. That is the message North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) wants you to understand.
December 31 is one of the most dangerous nights of the year to take to the roads, and the State Troopers will be out in force to catch anyone who ignores their warnings.
Each year, the NCSHP increases its operations during the last weeks of December as part of its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign. The idea is twofold: To warn people off impaired driving and remove anyone who does it from the roads.
I need to travel to a party, and there is no public transport available
The best events do not always happen on your doorstep, and if you want to go, you may need to travel. If there is public transport, great, but what if there is not?
- Drive and don’t drink: This is sometimes easier to promise than to carry out. Yet whole populations do not drink alcohol and still have some great parties.
- Ride with a friend: There are four passenger seats in the average car, and most guests would be happy to divert to get you home safely.
- Call a cab or ride service: Taxis rides may cost more than usual, but they will be far cheaper than the costs associated with an accident.
One final alternative is to make your own fun at home. Not only will it be cheaper, but it saves you from having to worry about other drivers. However careful you are not to drink and drive, and despite the NCSHP’s efforts, there will be people out there driving drunk. It only takes one of them to ruin your year. While you can claim compensation in a crash, it is far better to avoid one altogether.