2014 will soon be in the rearview mirror and many people are gearing up to ring in the new year. If your New Year’s Eve party plans include drinking a few adult beverages (or “special brownies”), be sure to make transportation arrangements in advance. Here are a few tips to ensure that we ring in 2015 on a high note:
1. Have a wing-man, wing-woman or wing-person. Whether you’re walking, biking, driving, taking the bus or a cab to the New Year’s festivities, travel with a buddy and look out for each other.
2. Choose a Designated Driver. Operating a motor vehicle properly while under the influence is not possible. It’s a well known fact. Make arrangements for you or a friend to stay sober if driving is part of your plans.
3. Park it. If you have too much fun, and don’t have a sober friend around, do what’s right for yourself and everyone else – leave your car parked. Spend the night at your buddies house or call a cab. Seattle’s parking meters allow you to pay in advance so you can sleep-in, grab a greasy breakfast and sober up before you get behind the wheel again. Bicyclists should also park it if they’ve had too much fun.
4. Walk safe. Walking while intoxicated is not a good idea. Make sure you have someone to lean on if you’ve had too much to drink. Perhaps that aforementioned wing-person?