AAA Warns USC Residents Against DUI on New Year's Eve

The auto club has some sobering statistics for you to think about before drinking and driving.

If you plan to party on New Year's Eve, AAA has some sobering statistics for you to think about before drinking and driving.

Compared to all other days in 2012, New Year's Day had the highest percentage of deaths that occurred in crashes with a driver who had a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher, according to AAA spokesperson Bevi Powell.

AAA statistics show that 122 people were killed in crashes on New Year's Day 2012, and a little more than half of those crashes involved a drunk driver.

"If you plan to drink, absolutely don't drive," Powell said. "If you plan to drink, make sure to bring a friend who can drive you home."

Powell also cautioned against anyone getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking.

If you're hosting a New Year's Eve party, don't be afraid to take the keys from a friend or a family member who has had too much, she said.

"If you're having a get-together, make sure to be a responsible host. Don't let anyone get into their vehicles if they've been drinking."

Also, if you're driving and see someone who appears to intoxicated, Powell advises to keep a safe distance from him or her and have a passenger call 911 to notify authorities.

If you're in the Pittsburgh area and need a ride home, you can contact Yellow Cab Co. at 412-321-8100 or Classy Cab at 412-322-5080. The Pear Transportation Company in Pittsburgh also offers group rides and chauffeur services. Pear can be reached at 412-324-8000.

Oren Spiegler December 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM
It is always surprising to me that so many individuals, including the titans of industry and sports, are willing to sacrifice their reputations and careers in order to become intoxicated, placing others in danger when they are foolish enough to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Is the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol that important? I do not get it.
Roger December 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I don't understand it either, Oren. 122 killed a year ago on New Year's Day. That is about four times those killed in CT recently, an event that caused national conversation and outrage. But, after the 122 killed, ho-hum, .... Education clearly isn't the issue. Who does not know about the dangers? Choosing to drive while drunk is the epitome of selfishness -- doing what I want to do for myself, regardless of the consequences to myself and others. Nothing will change until our citizens have an attitude shift. External constraints have some impact (e.g. check points), but the significant impact will happen only when personal responsibility drives the behavior.


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