Dangers increase for drivers in the period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. There is more traffic on the road, drivers are often growing accustomed again to operating in the snow and many people are drinking and driving. These factors often lead to an increase in motor vehicle accidents.
The Boston motor vehicle accident lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, urge you to drive safely and offer these tips:
For Drivers and Passengers
- The driver and all passengers should wear seat belts.
- Have a Designated Driver.
- Carry the phone number for a cab company. Call them beforehand to ask any questions so you are not reluctant to call them later.
- Consider taking public transportation, such as a bus or subway if available.
- Stop drinking a few hours before you plan to leave.
- Stay where you are until you are sober enough to drive.
- Travel slow. More drivers and pedestrians may be on the roads for the holidays.
- If possible, familiarize yourself with your driving route during daylight hours and before the holiday.
- Parents should limit the driving of teenagers on the holidays to avoid car accidents.
For Party Hosts
- Offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Have a cab company’s phone number ready.
- Stop serving alcohol early.
- In Massachusetts, you have a legal responsibility to make sure your guests do not leave your home under the influence. If you are hosting a party and serving alcohol, learn about the Massachusetts social host liability law.