As every year with the approach of New Year’s Eve, the Road Safety Authority continues to hammer out its famous adage: “Drink or drive, you have to choose”. It must be said that in 2020 alcohol was involved in 31% of fatal road accidents. So, for New Year’s Eve, awareness messages are multiplying to prevent the French from getting behind the wheel drunk.

Especially since, according to the road safety and prevention insurance barometer, 82.7% of French people will consume alcohol with an average of 3.6 drinks. But, more worryingly, only 37% of French people affected by alcohol and driving have organized themselves to return to safety.

So, here are 4 tips to get home safe and sound, whether you’ve had a series of glasses of champagne or watched your consumption all evening.

“The one who drives is the one who does not drink”, recalls the Road Safety Authority. This is why she encourages families or groups of friends to designate, before going out, the one who agrees to stay sober all evening to drive his loved ones back safely. We call him “Sam”.

They can help you avoid getting into an embarrassing, even dangerous, situation when you get home.

No more than 0.5 grams of alcohol per liter of blood. In France, from this blood alcohol level, it is forbidden to drive. On average, each drink consumed raises the rate from 0.20 to 0.25 grams. This means that you should not drink more than two glasses of alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

To bring down this rate, don’t try grandma’s remedies, they don’t work. Only time can bring you back to relative sobriety. On average, the blood alcohol level drops 0.10 to 0.15 grams of alcohol per liter of blood in one hour.

To find out if you are able to get back behind the wheel, you can take a breathalyzer. By blowing in “the balloon” you will know if you can get home protecting yourself and others.

If you don’t have a personal vehicle or if none of your friends want to control their alcohol consumption, you may very well turn to the drivers, who guarantee your safety. Whether they are taxi or VTC drivers, these reveler guardian angels will be available all New Years Eve to get you back to your destination. You can already book your trip at a specific time in the evening or wait until the time of your departure to order it, at the risk of availability being few and prices increased.

This is the last and perhaps the easiest solution, whether from a festive or economical point of view. Even if the conditions for a good night’s sleep are unlikely to be right, sleeping with your loved ones will allow you to enjoy your evening, without having to worry about your return home. If you receive loved ones for New Year’s Eve, this solution can be saving. In 2020, 804 people died in an accident involving an alcoholic driver. So “when you care about someone, you hold him back”.

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