Another summer is almost in the books. The calendar may not say that summer is over but for many people, Labor Day weekend signifies the end of the season. People will pack kids and send them back to school, close down pools and start digging out fall and winter clothes.
People will also be throwing one last party. Labor Day weekend is one of the biggest celebrations in the nation. For some, the party will last for a single night. For others, the celebration will last through the weekend. No matter how you choose to end your summer, doing so safely is important.
Statistics say that a person is killed in a drunk driving related accident every 51 minutes or so. During Labor Day weekend, a person is killed in a similar crash every 34 minutes. Law enforcement has taken these statistics and created targeted enforcement in an attempt to lower them. They have done a good job – drunk driving related deaths are down by 20 percent thanks to police agencies around the country.
Don’t rely on the police to keep you safe when you can do it yourself. If you are going to be throwing a Labor Day bash, there are a few things you can do to ensure the safety of your guests. Here are a few ideas for you.
If you haven’t heard of mocktails, you are missing out. These drinks contain ingredients that make them taste almost exactly like their alcoholic counterparts. There are dozens of recipes on the Internet free for your use. With just a few items from the grocery store, you can create drinks for your guests that will make them forget they aren’t drinking alcohol.
If you don’t want to go through hassle of mixing and blending drinks, serve soda and sparkling water instead. Juice, sports drinks and water are all good choices as well. Your party doesn’t have to have alcohol to be a good time.
The more your guests have in their stomach, the less intoxicated they are likely to get. Not only will your guests drink less if they are eating, the food will absorb alcohol, not allowing as much to enter the bloodstream. When you are choosing food for your party, skip the salty snacks. Foods like chips and pretzels will make your guests thirsty. Consider serving finger foods like chopped vegetables and fruits instead.
Ask your guests who will be drinking to come up with a plan for getting home and to share that plan with you. When you know what your guests want to do, you are better prepared to make sure they follow through. Some of your guests may choose to call Uber, some will take public transportation and others may take a cab. Some may turn your party into a sleepover and drop a blanket on your couch. No matter how or when your guests choose to go home, help make sure they do it safely.
Your guests can’t leave if they don’t have their keys. Put a bowl by the door and ask your guests to drop their keys inside when they enter. Require your guests to get their keys back from you when they want to leave for the night. If you believe that anyone has had too much to drink, don’t give them their keys. Remember that to make this happen, you will have to be a good judge. That means staying sober.
No one wants to get locked up. Think about this when you are letting people leave your home. If someone chooses to drive drunk and causes an accident with injury or property damage, you could be held liable. In some states, you can be charged criminally. Your freedom simply isn’t worth allowing an intoxicated person to leave your home, especially if you were the one providing the alcohol. If you feel that anyone is too impaired to drive, either make arrangements for them, help them follow through with their plan for getting home, or toss them a pillow and point to the couch.
The summer is almost over and you want to see it out with a bang. There is nothing that says you can’t celebrate, but you do need to do it safely. If you are hosting an end-of-summer party for your friends and family, follow the tips above to help make sure everyone gets home as healthy as they arrived.
If you are involved in a crash with a drunk driver in West Palm Beach, you have legal rights to damages. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and help you take the next steps. You do not have to suffer financially due to someone’s negligence.