Don't Drink and Drive This New Year's, Plus How To Be A Responsible Party Host

Don't Drink and Drive This New Year's, Plus How To Be A Responsible Party Host

New Year's Eve celebrations are just days away and with that comes a reminder to enjoy your holiday festivities responsibly. Remember its never okay to drink and get behind the wheel. Always plan ahead to either designate a driver or find another safe ride home. Help your friends and family find safe rides home, too. According to NHTSA, 837 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver in December 2019. 


The NHTSA 2021 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign  runs through January 1, 2022.  


GHSA and Uber 

For the fourth year, the Governor's Highway Safety Association has teamed up with Uber to offer grants in some cities to combat drunk driving over the holidays. One region benefiting from a grant this year is the Harris County/Houston area. GHSA says the Texas Department of Transportation will supplement high visibility enforcement by partnering with alcohol retailers to promote Uber rides in the Harris County/Houston area, which has the highest concentration of impaired driving fatalities in the state.   TXDOT says in 2020, Texas had 1,485 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities with the highest concentration in Harris County at 185.


TxDOT says it is partnering with the GHSA and Uber to offer $20 Uber credits to the Houston District (Harris County, Montgomery County, Galveston County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria county, and Waller County) valid through Jan 14th, 2022. Enter code TXDOT20 in the Uber app or just scan the QR code above with your phone to receive the credit.

“Impaired driving is a major concern in the Houston area and we are grateful we are able to provide these Uber credits to Houstonians to help them make the right choice when going out for a few drinks.” Matthew DeLeon, TxDOT Behavior Traffic Safety.

Tips for Responsible Party Planning

Throwing a New Year's Eve party this year at your place?  Urge your friends and family to designate a sober driver any time they plan to consume alcohol and follow these tips to be a responsible party host:

  • Encourage guests to designate a sober driver in advance. As an incentive, reward designated drivers with a small gift or door prize.
  • Provide designated drivers who can escort guests home safely.
  • Collect keys at the door and monitor guests throughout the evening.
  • Provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages for guests, including coffee and tea.
  • Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before the party is scheduled to end.
  • Don't serve alcohol to minors.
  • Keep an eye out for anyone who appears to have had too much to drink and take the keys  from anyone who has.
  • Keep the phone number or app for local cab companies or ride-share services handy.
  • Help arrange overnight accommodations including allowing guests to stay at your house.

You could be held responsible for serving alcohol to a guest who later is involved in an accident and imagine the guilt you’d feel if your guest got hurt or killed or did this to someone else.

It takes planning and coordination, but you can prevent drunk driving. 

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