Its just a fact that traffic-related fatalities increase around the holidays...especially around the New Year.  And, yes, "Big Brother" is watching.

New Jersey police, state and local, are out in force, looking for drunk drivers.  You are considered a drunk driver in the Garden State, if you have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08% or above. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show 25,031 drunk driving arrests in New Jersey in 2007.  148 fatal accidents were reported in 2008 in New Jersey, where the driver had a BAC of .08% or above.

Avoid becoming a statistic. Yourself...or your guests, if you are hosting a New Year's Eve bash:

--plan activities that take the focus away from drinking.

--make non-alcoholic beverages available.

--serve high-protein snacks, to slow alcohol absorption.

--stop serving alcohol 90 minutes before the end of the party, then serve coffee and deserts.

--take the car keys from intoxicated guests.

--make sure that drunk guests have a space on the couch, or a ride home with a designated driver.

AAA is offering a "Tipsy Tow Program."  Take advantage of a free ride home (you don't have to be a AAA member), if you've had too many adult beverages.  From 6pm New Year's Eve, til 6pm New Year's Day, the "Tipsy Tow Program" will get you and your car home safely.  Call: 800-222-4357

Don't drink and drive...arrive alive. Its more than a slogan.

Happy New Year from New Jersey 101.5!