New Year’s Eve is a dangerous time on Pennsylvania roads. During the 2014-2015 New Year’s holiday, police reported 189 drunk driving crashes statewide, and six deaths. Almost a dozen accidents caused by impaired drivers occurred in Bucks County alone, according to the county.
For more than a decade, Bucks County has fought drunk driving through a strong Impaired Driving Program. This includes DUI checkpoints and additional enforcement during holiday periods and other high-risk events. While avoiding a DUI is good reasoning on its own, ensuring you and your friends and family arrive home safely after you ring in the New Year should be a top priority.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we encourage people to plan ahead. We want to make sure you are aware of all the options you have to get home safely on New Year’s Eve.
1. Designate a Driver
Perhaps the easiest and least expensive option to ensure you have a safe ride home on New Year’s Eve is to designate a driver. Offer to buy your friend’s dinner or provide non-alcoholic drinks all night in exchange for a sober ride home. Choose someone who is trustworthy and will not drink at all. Even one or two drinks can impair judgment and slow reaction times.
2. Use a Rideshare or Cab
One of the most popular ways to get to parties or other celebrations is to take an Uber or Lyft. Rideshare services are a popular alternative to cabs. Use their apps to hail a ride and pay automatically through the app.
3. Call A Local Non-Profit
Designated Driving Services is a Bucks County nonprofit offering sober rides year-round. While New Year’s is sure to be one of their busiest nights, they offer rides home in exchange for a $20 donation. In addition, they pair with NiteLife-N-PA to offer roundtrip rides for groups as small as six and as large as 30. You will need to book ahead of time, as they are sure to sell out for NYE.
4. Consider Staying the Night
If you cannot arrange a ride home or do not want the worry, you can always stay the night somewhere closer to your celebration — or go to a party within walking distance to your home. If you are not planning to celebrate within a short distance of your home, consider booking a hotel room or staying with a friend who lives nearby. Then you can drive home sober the next day.
5. Celebrate Earlier
If you plan to go into Philadelphia for the fireworks, consider attending the 6 p.m. show instead of celebrating at midnight. It will be cheaper to use Uber or easier to hail a cab. You can even get back home before most people leave for the evening. There are also plenty of places that offer kid-friendly celebrations for the whole family. You can celebrate with the kids, then toast the New Year at home.
6. Take Public Transportation
SEPTA bus routes serve many areas of Bucks County, and most have after-midnight service available. You can even connect with other routes in Philadelphia if you want to make your way to the waterfront celebration.
7. Celebrate the New Year at a Hotel
Ringing in the new year at a hotel means you have a place to sleep that is only an elevator away from the party. Several Philadelphia-area hotels are offering New Year’s parties for guests this year. These include:
- The City Rhythm Orchestra New Year’s Eve Party Celebration at Loews Philadelphia
- The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, which allows you to choose between two celebrations for ringing in 2017
How can Cordisco & Saile LLC help after a Bucks County car accident?
Suffering injuries in a New Year’s Eve accident has physical, emotional, and financial implications. If a drunk driver causes your Bucks County accident, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you get the compensation you deserve to cover your medical treatment, lost wages, and more. Call our office today at 215-642-2335 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.