RICHMOND (WRIC) - Ringing in the New Year usually involves having a few drinks with friends, but experts say New Year's Eve is, hands down, one of the deadliest nights on the roadways.
According to the national highway traffic safety administration, an average of 80 people die every year in alcohol related crashes on new year's eve alone - and that number doesn't take into account serious injuries.
"We know that every year, people are going to die, not only here in Virginia, but across the nation," says AAA Mid-Atlantic Spokesperson Martha Meade. "Those who don't die are going to wake up in a hospital bed or in a prison cell, or wake up knowing they have killed or injured someone else."
With the exception of 2011, alcohol related crashes on New Year's Eve have been going down in Central Virginia.
That could be because of programs in the area, that will give you a lift home for free.
"It's all about getting home safely and preventing drunk driving because we all want to be here for 2014," says Dawn Looney of Napoleon Taxicab.
Napoleon Taxicab and the Allen & Allen law firm have teamed up to give everyone a free ride on New Year's Eve.
The only limitation is you have to be going home and not to another bar.
AAA says don't be afraid to take your friends' keys if they're about to drink and drive.
"Why would you be ashamed for saving someone's life?" Meade says. "Doesn't make any sense."
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