New Year’s Eve is one of the most significant holidays of the year. It is time to ring out the old year and look forward to the new one with hope and excitement. Part of the fun of New Year’s Eve is drinking with friends or family. Whether you plan on celebrating downtown or going to a party with those you are closest to, we at the law offices of Neil S. Ruskin understand that you and other New Yorkers may face drunk driving charges if you are not careful with your choices over the holiday.

Numerous tips on getting home safely after drinking, provided by State Farm, are helpful any time of year. However, these tips are especially pertinent during a holiday when many revelers will be drinking, and law enforcement will be out en masse to catch drunk drivers.

  • Before you go out, decide how much you plan on drinking, and do not over-indulge. Drinking too much may lead to poor decisions, no matter how well-intentioned you were when you started.
  • Appoint someone to be a designated sober driver, not only to drive everyone home safely after the partying, but to make sure everyone makes safe choices, such as not getting in a vehicle with an inebriated person or getting blackout drunk.
  • If you do not have a designated driver, make sure you have the Uber app or the phone number of a taxi service in your phone.

There is no reason you should not have fun this New Year’s Eve. However, a drunk driving arrest or accident can immediately terminate your good time. When you make smart choices about drinking and driving, you might avoid these complications altogether. Our page on DUIs can tell you what you need to know about defending drunk driving charges.