New Years Eve Las Vegas Insurance

By: Mary Thompson, Capstone Brokerage President, December 29, 2015

Las Vegas is one of the world’s top destinations to bring in the New Year. The Las Vegas Strip shuts down to all cars and becomes an adult playground for pedestrians. Las Vegas knows how to start the New Year with a boom. Several hotels on the Las Vegas Strip synchronize fireworks to music and celebrate a fresh new year in style. It is important to think about one’s safety on a holiday that is known for a late night, parties and of course drinking. Before you raise your glass to the New Year keep these tips in mind.

1. Don’t drink and drive. New Years Eve continues to be known for accidents related to alcohol. Be safe and use alternative means of transportation. City Buss systems are free here in Las Vegas for the holiday, other options include Taxis, Uber, Lyft, and of course the choosing a Designated Driver. Another option is to get a room close to where you will be celebrating and walk.

2. Drive defensively. Being responsible goes beyond not getting behind the wheel of a car when you have been drinking, and individuals need to be aware of other drivers who may not be exercising the law to drive sober. If at all possible, avoid driving after dark. Keep your phone out of your hands and pay attention to others on the road. Being a defensive driver is one of the single most important preventative measures one can take when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

3. Stay in a group. This is especially true for women, but men should also be cautious. Alcohol is known to create tension and we have all seen a bar fight in our lifetime I am sure so travel with a buddy just to stay safe. Keep a buddy system in place for the entire night even when heading home.

Be mindful of those around you and be sure to watch out for your loved ones’ safety. Common rules such as not leaving your drink unattended and go home with someone you know, not a stranger, will help keep individuals from situations that are more common on holiday nights known for big parties.

As an insurance broker I can assure you that having a DUI on your driving record will haunt you for years to come. First, there are the obvious legal issues that arise from drinking and driving. Secondly, your insurance premium will increase and you may be required to carry and SR-22 Rider on your policy. Be responsible this New Years and always. Enjoy yourself, but always keep your safety in mind. Exercising