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Angela Washeck – Guest Contributor
Dec 31 2012
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It’s a damp, cold New Year's Eve, and the evening bringing in 2013 will likely be a wet one. Still, a fresh start is always reason to celebrate. Whether you’re braving the crowds with 35,000 others in Victory Park for the largest NYE celebration in the Central Time Zone, Big D NYE, or enjoying a nice dinner somewhere in Dallas, it’s important to keep safety first. Here are some tips from USA.gov for ensuring that your night is both enjoyable and safe:

If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party:

Plan ahead by naming a "designated driver." Make this your responsibility as the host.

Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.

Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.

Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.

Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.

If you are attending New Year's Eve parties and celebrations:

If you drink, don't drive.

Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.

If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up. Or, stay where you are until you are sober.

Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.

Angela is an Aggie grad, thrilled to be working for BubbleLife covering the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands and several other neighborhoods in the area. When she's not writing and reporting for BubbleLife, she contributes to TexasMonthly.com, MediaBistro.com, drinks lots of coffee, reads, and goes to concerts in Dallas. Angela has worked for CBS alum and legendary newsman Dan Rather, lived and worked in New York City, Austin, and Dallas, all before the age of 22. - Contact Angela at