New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the good things of the past year and the possibilities of the year to come. Enjoy the festivities, but also be aware of your surroundings and take a few precautionary measures to avoid ringing in the new year in one of the most costly ways possible: getting arrested.
Most Common New Year’s Eve Crimes
Driving Under the Influence – There are more alcohol-related accidents on New Year’s Eve than on any other night during the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, the accident rate on New Year’s Eve generally runs over 70 percent higher than the average of other nights during the year.
Property Damage – This generally involves a person who has had a little too much to drink and then either accidentally or intentionally damages the property of another person.
Public Intoxication – Another example of crimes that occur at a somewhat higher frequency on New Year’s Eve.
Trespassing – As with so many other crimes committed on this day, drinking oftentimes is involved when a person is charged with trespassing on New Year’s Eve.
Assault and Battery – Like other crimes listed these are also typically at a higher rate than on most other days of the year. These types of crimes also oftentimes involve drinking. They frequently occur at private parties as well as nightclubs, bars, and taverns on New Year’s Eve.
Law enforcement agencies are keeping a close eye on any illegal activities as people ring in the new year, so here are few tips that police hope you will keep in mind:
- Monitor your alcohol intake. If you are drinking, make sure to stay hydrated with water and that you have enough to eat.
- Have a designated driver or just don’t drink and drive. Ask someone for a ride, or use Uber.
- Try to avoid being on the road between the hours of 8 pm – 2 am. Auto accidents due to alcohol consumption are the highest during that time.
- Be careful with what you’re sharing on social media on NYE.
- Take the keys if you have a friend who is too drunk to get behind the wheel. Help your friend with a ride home.
- Be aware of anyone who brings dangerous fireworks at your home or at a party that you are attending. A homeowner can be held criminally and civilly liable for any damage done by safe or unsafe fireworks.
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