BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN)- Happy New Year’s Eve!
If you are heading out tonight to close out 2021 and ring in the new year, you need to do so safely.
Last year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol saw one of the deadliest New Year’s holiday reporting periods in nine years.
OSHP anticipates more people will be on the road compared to last year.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Ray Santiago says there is one thing you can do to avoid getting stuck without a safe ride home.
“Plan ahead. If they know they’re going to be you know out celebrating and partaking, you know if they plan ahead and do those. Make those arrangements on the front end, they won’t have much to worry about,” Santiago said.
Last year, between December 30 and January 2, OSHP reported 14 fatal crashes statewide. Ten were the result of impaired driving, Speed played a role in three. Six pedestrians were also killed.
Hopefully, you have a plan for your evening plans, but if you still need to make arrangements, do so as soon as possible. You might be the one who is responsible to get everyone home safe.
It is all about making sure everyone gets home safe from wherever they are headed this evening. Many parts of the Valley aren’t quite as blessed with rideshare options like Uber and Lyft. So, one of the few options we have is to have one person step up and be the designated driver.
If your friend is the designated driver, it is important to make sure they still can have a good time, Santiago said.
“Make sure they are well fed and you know they’re taken care of and having a good time, so they don’t feel like they need to-to participate and now you don’t have a designated driver and you’re in a rough spot,” Santiago said.
OSHP says that if you see something while you are driving, say something. Dial #677 if you are concerned about a car on the road.