I am not one to be a “buzzkill” when it comes to celebrating or having a great time at events. With past experience, I know that some of things can get out of hand when celebrating. Holidays, especially New Years Eve, can be great times. I want to share some tips on keeping safe as you bring in the new year. New year, new you — we don’t need to add regret on the first day of the year. No matter how you choose to celebrate, I want to be sure that I will be able to spend 2015 with you.

Who’s Driving?

Please! Please! Please! Do not drink and drive. There are so many options out there that you can choose from. The first one being have a person that you can trust and know will be your designated driver. If that person has one drink and decides to drive you are gambling with that person being checked and possibly jailed at a DUI checkpoint. That’s not fun, because then you’ll have to sit in the cold and find another ride — definitely not cool.

Alternatively, make sure that if your cab company or rideshare program has an app, that you have it downloaded. If you take prefer rideshare, be sure to download Uber or Lyft apps and have your credit card information entered, so that it is easy to catch a ride home at the end of the night. Apps like that make it easy for you to split the cost of the ride, as well Locally in Phoenix, I know that VIP taxi uses the app Curb.

Locally in Phoenix, the light rail and some of the buses will be running extended hours to make sure that you get home safely.

At the end of the night, be sure to stay clear from the crowds to catch your ride. Don’t stand in the street — and importantly be aware of your surroundings. Do not get in the car with a driver that has been drinking. Absolutely don’t drink and drive.


Shots! Shots! Shots! Wait — before any of that gets started you should be keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day with water all day long, all before the partying starts. I am not saying don’t get turnt up, but you might want to pace yourself throughout the night, drink in moderation and be sure to keep yourself hydrated during the day. Be sure to know your limits.

Even if you are celebrating at home with a group of friends — be sure that you are keeping an eye on everyone around you. If anyone seems to overdone it, starts vomiting or passing out, you should call 911. You don’t want anyone to get alcoholic poison.


Where are you celebrating? Be sure to know where you are going to be celebrating your new year celebration. If you are celebrating at home, be sure to be able to provide your guests with a place to sleep or an ensured way to get home. If you are celebrating in a host hotel, be sure that you are following all hotel guidelines and regulations. And you have to remember not everyone may be celebrating the new year the same that you are.

I hope that I was able to provide you with some good tips to help you celebrate the new year. I look forward to celebrating with you — safely. Happy New Year! xx

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