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As we begin to say “goodbye” to 2018 and “hello” to 2019, we want to remind you to celebrate responsibly. As one of the top five deadliest holidays, we often see a large number of drinking and driving accidents in the ER. Not only can you be putting yourself at risk, but you’re also endangering others. To fully enjoy the night ahead, follow these tips:

Eat Ahead

It might be a night of celebration, but whether you’re going out on the town or heading to a house party, you’ll want to be sure you’re not putting yourself in a dangerous situation. Having a well-balanced dinner can help absorb any alcohol you may have and prevent you from overeating any snacks that might be passed around.

Prepare a Ride

Drinking and driving is never okay. If you plan on having a few glasses of champagne, you’ll want to ensure you get home safe and sound later on. Whether you schedule a car service or crash at a friend’s place, start the night off with a good backup plan.

Watch The Road

As one of the most dangerous nights of the year to drive, staying somewhere local is always the best option. If you do have to travel, remember that late-night traffic will be higher, and you’ll want to take extra precaution when going to and from your destination. Do not text and drive, keep your eyes on the road, and if you see any cars on the road that might be swerving, contact your local police department. A quick call could save someone’s life.

Be A Good Host

Besides providing good food and company, don’t forget to keep your guests’ safety in mind, too. Offer a place to sleep if you can, collect keys, and ask if they have a designated driver before serving.

Though preparation is key, accidents still happen. If you find yourself in the middle of a New Year’s Eve emergency, Dallas Medical Center has the nearest trauma center in the area that is always open.