SAPD warns of dangerous drive times, gives tips on how to be safe


As you’re making plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve, take into consideration that between 6:00 p.m. on December 31 and 6:00 a.m. on January 1 are the most dangerous hours of the year to drive or ride in a car on our nation’s roadways. If possible, avoid being on the road during that window of time.

If your celebrations this year will include alcohol, follow these tips provided by the San Angelo Police Department to ensure you have a safe start to 2019: 

  1. Make a plan ahead of time. Don’t wait until you’ve started drinking to figure out how you’re going to get home.
  2. Never get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. Even one alcoholic beverage can impair his or her ability to drive safely.
  3. Make sure friends and family who celebrate with you have a safe ride home, or invite them to sleep on your couch or spare bed.
  4. Plan to call a taxi or use a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft to help you get home safely.
  5. If you wake up early on New Year’s Day after consuming too many adult beverages the night before, be aware that you could still be legally intoxicated. Don’t drive until enough time has passed that you’re sober. Also, if you witness a driver who you suspect may be driving under the influence, pull over to a safe place and call 9-1-1.

Source: San Angelo Police Department

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