Holiday celebrations such as reigning in the New Year with beers, liquors, wines, and/or illicit drugs will undoubtedly take place this evening. For many they will have a great time and party well into the early morning hours of January 1st, 2015. Unfortunately, these celebrations can also have a dark side when persons drink alcohol, and/or use illicit substances, and then drive a motor vehicle.
Jails across this country will be jammed tonight with just such people on the dark side as their inhibitions take a dive, and the Superman, or Wonder Woman syndrome emerges, often causing fights between spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, relatives, strangers on the street, and/or driving while polluted on alcohol. Maybe even some illicits substances thrown in as well.
Each day in this country about 30 people die in a car crash that involved an alcohol-impaired driver. That works out to around one death every 51 minutes. During the holidays, and especially during New Year’s celebrations many people get wrecked on alcohol then climb into a car, and drive off. It is an accident waiting to happen, and as the statistics show, those accidents are not just waiting, they occur, often with dire consequences.
Of course, during New Year’s eve and far into the morning on January 1st, the police will be mopping up the streets cleaning drunk, and drug-impaired drivers off the street, even make house calls for domestic disputes that turned ugly. From there it’s off to the bullpen for some sobering up. The consequences of these actions become apparent, usually, when you are arraigned in court, and the justice system kicks your rear for some tuning up.
If your lucky you won’t get into an accident, and kill someone, or yourself.
If your out tonight celebrating the coming New Year, and drinking, and/or drugging, take a break from driving. You and others have far too much to lose if you get into an accident. In fact, that New Year may not come for you, or the other person you plow into.
Make this New Year’s eve, and the coming year a safe one. The are alternatives for getting a ride home, your friends, a cab, even services that will pick you up on holiday celebrations so you get home in one piece.
Happy New Year to all of you.
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