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Use caution and common sense this New Year's Eve

December 31, 2018 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New Year's Eve is a big event on many social calendars — just try getting a reservation at a restaurant this late in the game. 

I certainly have no objection to this. It is a great thing that people can go out and celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. 

But you know where I get concerned? Knowing some revelers will be drinking and potentially driving. 

This puts everyone at risk, and each year we see the grim statistics. One piece of advice is simple: Don't drink and drive. But the next few warnings you may not have thought about. 

If you or your family are on the road, please wear seat belts and be particularly cautious. Also, if you plan to stay home and have alcohol as part of the celebration, make sure that you don't leave open bottles around, especially if there are children in the house. 

Celebrate if you wish, but use common sense.