The countdown to the New Year is officially on. However, while you’re sipping on that celebratory champagne it’s important to remember to be safe.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that, in comparison to other holidays, forty two percent more traffic deaths that occur over the New Years holiday are do to drunk driving. Sergeant Melanie Appleman of The State Highway Patrol says in Ohio DUI arrests are higher during the holiday season.
"Last year we had 648 people in the state of Ohio arrested for driving under the influence, and that was state wide. And that was from the Christmas Eve up until the New Years Eve report."
In an effort to keep the roadways safe this New Years The State Highway Patrol will have over time posted which will allow troopers to target drunk, and impaired drivers, but Appleman says the best way to ensure your safety is to plan ahead.
"What we’re recommending people do, get a sober driver, you know get a friend, make arrangements ahead of time. Don’t wait until you get to your friends house or get to a bar and then, ‘Oh no what am i going to do.’ Call ahead, plan ahead. I mean everyone knows it’s New Years and drinking goes hand in hand with New Years," stated Applemen.
Appleman says making arrangements ahead of time, wearing your seat belt and not texting while driving are all things that could potentially save your life this New Years.