New Year's Eve was a lot of fun for many people, but it also had its innate risks. Drivers still got behind the wheel while intoxicated, and that means that people still got hurt. As one of the most popular holidays for partygoers, New Year's Eve creates a hazard each year. More officers make their ways to the streets to prevent drunk driving from getting out of hand, but it's nearly impossible to stop everyone.
One thing that happened during New Year's Eve 2017 was that there was a decrease in drunk drivers on the roads. A civilian crime specialist reported that this was likely thanks to the increase in ride-sharing services. Locally, Big Lick Boomerang car service was taking people and their vehicles home after a night on the town for a fee, while others chose to take Ubers or Lyfts to get home safely.
Another issue that isn't often mentioned due to drunk driving is an increase in individuals suffering from the cold. Whether you're driving or traveling in a ride-sharing service, bundling up for a cold night is important. When you drink, alcohol makes it feel like you're warmer than you are. As a result, people are exposed to dangers like frostbite or hypothermia without even realizing it. If they're behind the wheel at the time, that could lead to a medical emergency and crash.
If you're caught drinking and driving, know that you're not the only person who has been though this situation. People make mistakes, and a good defense can help protect you while you make things right.
Source: News 10 WSLS, "Dangers of drinking on New Year's Eve and how to stay warm while celebrating," Lezla Gooden, Dec. 29, 2017