Start the New Year off on the right foot
December 26th, 2018
| Joseph A. Quinn, Jr.
The tradition of celebrating the end of the year and a fresh start to the New Year, 2019 is right upon us. How you choose to celebrate can start the New Year off on the right foot.
Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr., Senior Principal of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn says, “We urge you to please don’t drink and drive. Each year, more than 10,000 people have died and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes. On average, that is one person every 51 minutes. And, over 28 million people have admitted to driving under the influence. New Year’s Day holds the highest number of overall incidences.”
The highest rate of drunk driving is among 26-29 year olds, (20.7%) and almost one-third of all drivers who have been arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
Pennsylvania enforces the .08 Per Se Law that states it is illegal to drive with .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). BAC is the most accurate and measurable gauge of how much alcohol is in someone’s blood. At a .08 BAC level, a driver is 11 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than someone who had nothing to drink. At a .08 BAC, drivers had trouble controlling speed, processing information and reasoning, reduced coordination and inability to track objects, and difficulty steering.
There are a few simple steps you can take to stay safe while celebrating.
Plan ahead, assign a designated driver. If you are planning on drinking, assign a designated driver to make sure that you and everyone with you arrives home safely. If there is no designated driver, then make sure you have the phone number of a local cab service or shuttle service tucked in your pocket, or a public transportation app installed on your smartphone before you go out. If you are at a hotel, consider staying the night.
Designate a “key drop”. If you are hosting a party, be sure to have an area for a “key drop”. Control alcohol consumption and offer non-alcoholic mocktails as an alternative. Provide plenty of food, and avoid very salty foods, which may cause your guests to drink more. Insist that any of your guests that may have over-indulged, stay the night, or have a responsible way home. Do not allow them to drive drunk. Offer complimentary shuttle rides home.
Plan wisely. Choose alternate activities that do not focus on alcohol. Enjoy great food, music and company without any interferences.
Above all, celebrate responsibly. Don’t drink and drive, start the new year right. Enjoy a healthy and safe 2019!
About Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC
Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The firm’s Personal Injury Team has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history and was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.
The Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr. focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).
Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.
Additional information can be found at www.HKQLaw.com or by calling (800) 760-1529.