Cop or Cab? Safe driving initiative for New Year’s Eve

Cop or Cab? Safe driving initiative for New Year’s Eve

Before your Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebration begins it is imperative to plan your night so that you make it home safely. The nights of coming days will be full of fun and celebrations.

While it’s no secret that many will enjoy a few drinks and party well before and after the big countdown to 2017, there’s no point in starting off the new year with regrets.

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So before you gather with family and friends to ring in the Christmas and New Year celebrations, make sure you’ve made the necessary plans for how to keep your loved ones safe.

If you are going to be driving after the party, don’t drink and drive. If you have a friend who does not prefer to drink, make sure they take the wheel.

If you find yourself at a friend’s house, don’t be afraid to ask to spend the night. A rough night’s sleep on a sofa is far better than a worse accident.

Also, if you see a drunk driver, you should warn them in regardless of whether you were endangered. You could be saving someone else’s life. Police enforcement is traditionally more intense on New Year’s Eve, so don’t drive under the influence. It’s never worth the risk to you, your passengers, other drivers or pedestrians or to take that chance.

Drunk Driving Law

The blood alcohol content (BAC) legal limit is 0.03%or 30 µl alcohol in 100 ml blood. The Union Cabinet has given its appoval for changes to the Motor Vehicle Bill recently. Higher penalties were introduced, including fines has been increased from  Rs.2,000 to Rs. 10,000 and imprisonment from 6 months to 4 years. Different penalties are assessed depending on the blood alcohol content at the time of the offence.

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If staying away from home isn’t an option,  plan ahead and book a cab. Write down the number of cab company and keep that information on you all night. Cab service providers can be a little expensive, but well worth it to get you and your loved ones home safely.

Make sure you don’t find yourself alone on New Year’s Eve. Be in a group. It is better to be with friends anyway. A good portion of the population will be drinking, and therefore the streets will get more dangerous. Traveling in a group will help ensure that nothing bad happens to you or those you care about.

Everyone wants to have an unforgettable night in a good way. Be little cautious, use some common sense and stay calm. There’s no point in starting off the new year with regrets.

Team TnW wishes you, your family, friends the Merriest of Christmases and a Happy New Year 2017.

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