Throwing a Holiday Party? Offer Drunk Driving Alternatives

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:00pm by

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays approaching quickly, we would like to warn our readers against drunk driving. Photo of car accident

While this may be the time for holiday cheer with work functions, family gatherings and parties serving alcohol, make sure that you avoid drunk driving, as it is a dangerous and potentially deadly habit.

If you are entertaining guests, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has offered some tips to help your partygoers avoid getting behind the wheel while intoxicated:

  • If you have an RSVP function, make sure to remind guests to have a non-drinking, designated driver available.
  • Have several partygoers serve as designated drivers for people who do not make plans ahead of time.
  • Have phone numbers available to guests, including those for rideshare services, public transportation and taxis.
  • Do not push drinks on visibly intoxicated guests.
  • Offer food and gifts to keep non-drinking drivers at your party later when those who are intoxicated may attempt to drive home.

Keep in mind, if you are involved in a drunk driving accident, not only could you be held criminally responsible, you may also face civil penalties if the crash results in injuries or death.

Recently, a Cape May man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for a 2012 drunken driving crash that killed two teenage girls. The man’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the state’s legal limit.

Can I Speak to an Attorney If I’m Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident?

You should not have to suffer, because someone made a poor decision, deciding to drink and drive this holiday season. Hold him or her liable for your injuries, or the death of your loved one.

Each year, there are an estimated 125 drunk driving fatalities in New Jersey. This is unacceptable. For more information, we offer free consultations.

Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys


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