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Avoid drinking and driving this New Year's Eve

'Tis the season to be jolly; 'tis not the season to drink and drive. New Year's Eve is a night full of fun, partying and many Athens residents will partake in drinking alcohol as they bring in 2018. However, during all the fun festivities, it's important to remember to find a way home that doesn't involve driving if you've been drinking.

Drivers often get away with driving while inebriated, which could serve to reinforce this behavior. In fact, statistics show that motorists will usually drive while intoxicated 80 times before a police officer actually arrests them for the offense. Statistics also show that nearly 50 percent of New Year's Eve traffic deaths involve drunk drivers in the accident, and that Jan. 1 holds the title of being the deadliest day to be driving on the roads. According to the website SafeAuto, 2013 saw 140 people killed on New Year's Day as a result of an alcohol-caused accident.

To avoid a catastrophe on the road, the choice is simple: Don't drink and drive. There are numerous resources available to help you get home -- like Uber, Lyft, a taxi service, a designated driver or a family member. Alternatively, you might simply want to crash at your friend's apartment until you feel sober enough to drive home.

By not driving drunk on New Year's Eve, you will prevent the risk of getting arrested for a DUI. You will also prevent the risk of a fatal or injurious accident that could give rise to a costly personal injury or fatal accident claim.

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