During the month of December, employers from one side of the country to the next hold holiday parties to show employees their appreciation. While there is nothing wrong with this as it can be good fun for everybody involved, here is something to remember: It is no excuse for drinking and driving.

Drinking at a holiday party does not make it right to get behind the wheel. As the host of such a party, either for work or personal purposes, do your best to help attendees avoid drinking and driving. This can be something as simple as setting designated drivers.

Other steps you can take include:

– Provide people with the number of a local cab company.

– Offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.

– Provide food, as to avoid drinking on an empty stomach and becoming intoxicated faster.

As a driver during this time of the year, you need to realize that others may have had too much to drink. An intoxicated driver is one that is more likely to cause an accident. This is even more so the case during inclement weather, such as snow or ice.

It doesn’t matter if you are hosting a holiday party or attending, nothing changes the fact that it can be an enjoyable experience. Of course, there are things that can turn this joy into pain, such as somebody being involved in a drunk driving accident.

If you find yourself injured by a drunk driver, seek immediate medical attention. From there, take the time to learn more about your legal rights.

Source: 21st Century Insurance, “Holiday Party Safety Tips from 21st Century Insurance,” accessed Dec. 10, 2015