Make a Plan: Get Home Safe from your Holiday Parties!

by Katie Bogusz on November 28, 2017

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of deadliest times on the road.  Many people go to parties and restaurants to celebrate the holidays.  It’s the season to spend time with friends and family.  The best way to stay safe during this time of year is to plan ahead for your trips back home!  Check out the tips below to help you stay safe during this time of year…

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BE SMART: Stay Safe this Holiday Season

BE SMART and check out the following tips to ensure you and your friends’ safety:

  • Have more than one designated driver so you always have a back-up.
  • Have more than one sober buddy so it will be more fun for the designated driver.
  • Agree as a group before going out and drinking who the designated driver will be.
  • Know the plan for getting home safely and know where to meet the designated driver.
  • Step up and take your turn to be the designated driver.
  • Arrive as a group to the party or event in the designated driver’s car. Only the designated driver should drive to the party, then the DD is the only one with keys at the party.
  • Give your keys to the DD if you drove yourself to the party.
  • Take care of your designated driver and give them gas money, buy them dinner or snacks.
  • Ask the under-aged person in the group to drive. They shouldn’t be drinking anyway.
  • Avoid a designated driver you know has a hard time not drinking when they go out.
  • Chip in to provide a raffle prize for the designated drivers to win each month.
  • Allow the designated driver to drop off and pick up the group so they don’t have to go to the party and be tempted to drink alcohol.
  • Select a designated driver that you know is trustworthy and dependable.
  • Select a designated driver who has an academic, athletic, work or family obligation that you know will keep them from drinking.
  • Choose a designated driver that you are comfortable with and are confident in their ability to resist the peer pressure to drink.

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BE SMART: How to be a Good Host

If you’re hosting a party it’s important that you look out for the safety of your guests and yourself.  Make sure no one under the age of 21 is drinking alcohol.  The Massachusetts Social Host law makes it illegal to knowingly supply, give, provide, or allow the consumption of alcohol to a person under 21.  The legal punishments for breaking this law include a fine of up to $2,000 or imprisonment for up to a year.  So be aware of all guests who are consuming alcohol at your party.

Have the number of some local cab companies prepared in case one of your guests needs a ride home.  Stock up on non-alcoholic drinks for guests to have.  If you are going to be serving alcohol also provide food for guests.  Drinking on an empty stomach can cause a person to become intoxicated faster so offering food along with drinks can help prevent that.  Finally, collect your guests’ car keys when they arrive at the party.  This will allow you to judge whether or not they are okay to drive when leaving the party.

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Be Safe.  BE SMART.  Be a Sober Driver.

It’s important to be a sober driver all year round.  So take these tips and apply them to your life!  If you’d like to learn more about some of the BE SMART topics covered in this post please visit the following link: https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/OutreachEducation/SitePages/BE%20SMART%20Tips.aspx.  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSUOutreach page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach.

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