New Year's Ranks as Deadliest Day on U.S. Roads, AAA Says

New Year's Ranks as Deadliest Day on U.S. Roads, AAA Says

December 31, 2012 Updated Dec 31, 2012 at 1:01 PM EDT

(AAA news release) As Americans prepare for holiday celebrations, AAA reminds drivers and passengers alike of the dangers on the roads this New Year’s Day, which consistently ranks as the year’s deadliest day for alcohol-related fatalities.

Preventing drinking and driving is a shared responsibility to save lives. AAA encourages New Year’s Eve partygoers can do their part by heeding the following advice:

Always plan ahead to designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins

Never get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink

Never ride as a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink

Do not hesitate to take the keys from friends or family members who may be impaired

Call a taxi for a friend in need

Be a responsible host in reminding guests to stay safe and always offer alcohol-free beverages

If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself)

Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs also can impair your ability to drive safely

Read the entire story at the AAA Newsroom HERE.

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