Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Responsibility is necessary in celebration
The holiday season is almost over, but there is one last, major fling coming up. New Year's Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year, which always raises concerns about driver safety when it's time to head home after ringing in the new year.
This year, just like the 20 before, Citizens Medical Center is offering free cab rides this holiday season. The Make Our Area Safe for the Holidays program is offering to pay cab fares from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. until Jan. 1 to help get people who may have had too much to drink home safely.
We are glad to see this program return for another year. The holidays are usually considered a time for joy and happiness, but it only takes one careless person to turn this season into a time of tragedy for families and loved ones. We encourage everyone to act responsibly and take precautions to prevent drunken driving this year.
According to dui.lifetips.com, drivers are much more likely to come in contact with drunken drivers during the holiday season. Alcohol-related accidents are also five times more likely to happen at night. Residents should keep this in mind and try to avoid driving during these times.
Being safe doesn't have to ruin the celebrations. We only ask that residents take some steps to protect themselves and their friends from tragedy. If you plan to drink, please plan to have a friend drive you home or call a taxi if you drink too much. Watch out for each other. If one of your friends is too drunk to drive, find a safe way to get them home. If you are planning a party at your home that includes alcohol, plan to have space available for any party-goers who have too much to drink. It's better for them to stay in a safe place rather than venture out into public after drinking too much.
Every year, journalists cover wrecks and fatalities across the nation. We encourage all of our readers and Crossroads residents to be safe during this holiday season. The last thing we want this New Year is to see your name on our front page.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.