It is not by fortuity that December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. The holiday season between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. It is a time to celebrate with family and friends, but unfortunately many of these holiday parties end on a sad note because of alcohol and drug related accidents. Holidays are not only a time for family and friends to gather, but also a time for celebrating. Every year in the U.S., close to 2,000 people are killed in alcohol and drug related crashes as a result of holiday celebrations and thousands more are injured. With the wide use of smart phones, it is easier than ever to download apps that can help keep you and your loved ones safe. In this article we have provided suggestions on which apps are helpful to have on your phone during the holidays.
At Graham Legal, P.A., we hope you make the most out of your holiday season by spending time with family and friends, but also keeping safe. As personal injury attorneys, we have handled many cases that resulted from accidents during the holiday season, causing complete devastation for all involved.
Nowadays, there is an array of apps that offer helpful advice on keeping you and your loved ones safe. Here we have outlined some holiday safety tips:
- Don’t drink and drive- If you plan to drink, make sure you choose someone who has agreed to drink no alcohol to do the driving. Alternatively, plan to stay the night or schedule a taxi to take you home. Here are a few apps you can download to make it easier to call a cab: Lyft and Uber. You don’t even have to get on the phone or fumble with payment, download and register prior to the party and you’ll be all set to go. Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft make it very convenient for you and your friends to share rides.
- Have a plan- Download the “Have a Plan” app to help prevent drinking and driving. The idea for this app is to get people thinking before they get behind the wheel. It estimates levels of intoxication and provides access to other tools that can help keep you off the road. The app also allows you to quickly report drunk driving and contact a taxi, or a trusted contact to pick you up.
- Track your drinks- Even if you aren’t driving, it is wise to keep track of how much alcohol you’ve consumed. It can be easy to forget when you are talking to friends and family and someone keeps handing you drinks. Download an app such as IntelliDrink (iPhone) to help keep you vigilant of how many alcoholic beverages you’ve ingested. This app can notify you when you reach an approximate BAC level. Don’t have an iPhone, no problem. For android users download ALCulator.
- Keep extremely vigilant on the road- Even if you have not been drinking, others around you may have. It is important to stay focused on the road and the vehicles around you. It is never smart to text and drive, but more so during the holidays. Avoiding distractions can be lifesaving. Download the app AT&T DriveMode to help prevent you from texting. The new app can automatically send reply messages to those who text you when you are driving over 15mph. It also gives you quick access to important contacts, and other essentials apps. Also, make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt.
If you are hosting a holiday party, you’ll want to follow some of the tips below:
- Have a bartender- It is best to avoid guests mixing their own drinks, as they might over pour alcohol. A bartender can also help to keep track of how many drinks each person has had. Advise the bartender to stop serving alcohol 90 minutes before the party comes to an end and replace the alcohol at the bar with dessert and coffee.
- Serve plenty of food- Don’t bulk up on alcohol and keep the food choices light. Offering plenty of food and nonalcoholic drink choices will help keep guests sober.
- Don’t drink- As the host you should be sober and in control of the party. Don’t be afraid to say “no” if someone has had way too much to drink. While you may not want to sound like a party pooper, taking the keys from loved ones could ultimately save their life.
Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that following the tips on this blog with keep you safe. The blog is for educational purposes only. Graham Legal, P.A., is not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising out of or in connection with any use or reliance on the information above. The reader must accept sole responsibility associated with the use of the materials on this site, irrespective of the purpose for which such information was used.