November 26, 2014 --
The holiday season is upon us and for many this is a time for family gatherings and celebrations with friends. Hosting a party can be as much fun as the event itself; however, every responsible host knows it’s only a great time if every guest gets home safely.
The time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day includes some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways as it is also the time when drunk driving is on the rise.
Started in 1986, Tie One On For Safety has been Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s largest community awareness campaign, advocating for people to drive safely, to sober up and buckle up during the holiday season. “Tie one on” is slang for drinking alcohol. MADD uses the phrase to remind everyone that drinking and driving don’t mix.
According to www.madd.org, the best way to prevent someone from driving drunk is to make a plan for a sober designated driver, and make sure everyone agrees to it ahead of time.
Here are some tips to help indiviudals throw an entertaining but safer party:
As guests RSVP, confirm that they have a plan for a safe way home via a non-drinking designated driver (rideshare service, public transportation, taxi, etc.).
Plan activities like party games or door prize drawings that do not involve alcohol and engage people, resulting in a lower consumption of alcohol.
Do not encourage drinking. Drinking at a party is not mandatory for having a good time.
Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
Avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
Offer non-alcoholic beverages or cocktails for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.
Never serve alcohol to someone under 21 and never ask anyone under 21 to serve alcohol at parties.
If, despite your efforts, some of your guests have had too much to drink, never let them drive home impaired.
Have the number of a taxi service or a rideshare app on hand or offer your sofa to guests who need to stay put.
Have fun – but not too much fun. To be a good host, individuals should stay within their limits in order to make sure their guests stay within theirs.
Drivers are asked to display a MADD red ribbon in a visible location on their vehicles or tied to their car keys to show family, friends and loved ones they support safer roads free from drunk driving.
To get your red ribbon, stop by Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s Risk Management Office, Building 3500, Room 301.
To report potential drunk drivers to authorities, in Georgia, dial *GSP from your cell phone or simply dial 911. If aboard MCLB Albany, call (229) 639-5911.
For more information, visit www.madd.org