As you plan your celebrations, we would like to remind everyone to plan ahead, by Designating a Driver, Making Alternative Transportation Plans, or Staying where you are at, if you may be under the influence.
According to KDOT, in comparison with other holidays, the New Year’s period outranks most of the other holidays in a number of crashes in which at least one of the drivers is impaired by alcohol and/or other drugs. On average, across Kansas, three persons are injured every day and one person is killed every three days in alcohol- and other drug-related crashes.
Furthermore, these crashes tend to be more severe. Vehicle occupants in such crashes are over 2 ½ times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes where alcohol or other drugs were not a factor.
Have a Happy New Year!