Like many, Oakvillians will be celebrating the New Year in style, whether they are heading out on the town at one of the many locations holding formal parties or staying home and watching a movie. It is a great time to think about the past year’s accomplishments, and look forward to how we can make 2017 better than 2016.
One of the easiest things to do to make this New Year’s Eve amazing, is to make it the safest. So here are a few ideas that you might want to think about:
- Have a designated driver
- Drink lots of water – 1 glass of water for every ounce of liquor
- Eat – drinking on an empty stomach is dangerous, so have a healthy meal of protein and vegetables before heading out
- Understand your personal limits regarding alcohol and other mind altering drugs.
- If you do get impaired – don’t drive. There are a number of alternatives such as D.A.D.D., DriverSeat, UBER, Oakville United Taxi, Halton Taxi and Oakville Transit.
- If you are driving an see an impaired driver call 911
- New Year’s Eve can be a very difficult time for those dealing with loss, isolation, and mental health issues. If you know of someone who may be on their own, reach out and say, “hi and Happy New Years”.
- If you find yourself in an emotionally difficult situation there are several ways to get support: Distress Line, Crisis Response Team at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, COAST, and ROCK (specifically for children & teenagers).
Halton Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police will be out in full force with RIDE checks, but it is better for everyone that no-one is charged, ticketed and towed.
Oakville Transit, like most of the GTHA Public Transit systems will be offering Free Rides from 7:00 PM tonight. Additional Late Night Service will meet the last trains from Toronto, departing the Oakville GO Station at 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.
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