As New Year’s Eve approaches, AAA encourages partygoers to make safety a top priority by doing their part to prevent drunk driving.
Alcohol contributed to more than 12,200 crashes on Ohio’s roads in 2016, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety crash statistics. More alcohol-related crashes happened in December than during any other month, with 1,113 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 607 injuries and 20 deaths, during that month alone.
New Year’s celebrations contributed to those numbers with 47 alcohol-related crashes on Dec. 31, 2016 and 82 alcohol-related crashes on Jan. 1, 2017.
AAA encourages hosts and partygoers to celebrate responsibly and prevent drunk driving by planning ahead. Choose a designated driver or plan to call a cab if you plan to consume alcohol.
Remember that law enforcement will increase patrols in an effort to keep roadways safe.