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4 Reasons You Need To Hire A Taxi For New Year's Eve

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For many people, New Year's Eve parties include drinking alcohol. This year make sure you plan ahead of time to hire a taxi to take you to the party and back home so you won't have to consider driving while you are intoxicated. Here are four reasons that you should hire a taxi instead of driving home drunk after your New Year's Eve party.

Your Life

You are making a healthy choice when you choose to hire a taxi to take you home from your New Year's Eve party this year. Just as you may choose to watch what you eat and exercise every day, not driving after you drink alcohol is a healthy choice. Statistics have shown that half of all fatal car crashes on New Year's Day are caused by drunk driving.

Planning to include a designated driver with your party of friends on New Year's Eve may not always be the best choice. A designated driver is a good idea, as long as that person sticks to their commitment not to drink so they can drive you and your friends home. 

If your designated driver chooses to drink and drive anyway, you are putting yourself at risk by getting in their car. Your life is well worth the cost of the taxi ride home. If your drunk friend drives and crashes, you may die, or you may be seriously injured. Neither of these consequences are optimal. 

Other People's Lives

If you decide to drive home drunk after a New Year's Eve Party, and you are in an accident, you have a good chance that your accident will involve another person or driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were an estimated 10,322 people in 2012 who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that year. This is a lot of innocent people who die from the crash when the drunk drivers usually survive.

Legal Trouble

The penalties for driving drunk, even for a first offense, are pretty tough. 

If you are pulled over in a traffic stop while your are intoxicated, you can be fined up to several thousand dollars. You can also go to jail, have your vehicle impounded, and have your driver's license revoked. 

Fines, jail time, and losing your vehicle are not the only things at risk if you decide to drive home instead of hiring a taxi to take you home. If you drive home drunk from your New Year's Eve party and you are in a car crash that kills someone, you could be charged with a felony, even if it is your first offense. You may also be charged with manslaughter or vehicular homicide if your accident kills another person. 

Your Vehicle

If you are in an accident while driving drunk, you will need to pay for the insurance deductible to fix your vehicle. Your insurance company may decide to raise your insurance rates as well, costing you more for your insurance premiums. While you vehicle is being repaired you will likely need to rent a vehicle to get you to and from work and your other obligations. 

If you crash your vehicle, there is a chance your insurance company will consider it a total loss and you will need to find a new vehicle. All this creates extra stress and hassle in your already busy life. It really is easier and cheaper to hire a taxi to take you home.

A sober taxi driver from a place like White Top Cab Company can save you, your friends, and other people on the road when you hire them to drive you home after drinking on New Year's Eve.