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Amica Insurance reminds motorists not to drink and drive

12/29/2011

LINCOLN, RI – New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate with family and friends, but Amica Insurance reminds everyone to celebrate responsibly and to be alert for other motorists who may be driving under the influence of alcohol.

More than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, accidents involving alcohol-impaired motorists account for one in three deaths on American roadways each year.

“Motorists who drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol put themselves and others at risk of death or serious injury,” said Lisa DeCubellis, a senior assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “'Motorists arrested for driving while impaired also face serious consequences, including loss of license, fines and even jail time.”

That’s why it’s important to never drink and drive, DeCubellis said. “If you plan to celebrate with family and friends, make sure to have a designated driver. If you don’t have a designated driver, call a taxi or friend to bring you home.”

Even people who haven’t been drinking need to be alert on the roadways, especially on a night like New Year’s Eve, when lots of people will be attending parties, DeCubellis said.

“Allow extra distance between your car and others, especially if you see a car that is weaving or moving erratically,” DeCubellis said. “ If you suspect someone is driving while impaired, take down the license plate and call the police as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Here are a few other tips for getting around safely on Near Year’s Eve:

  • Always buckle up.
  • Obey all motor vehicle laws.
  • Never text while driving.
  • Pay attention to road and weather conditions.
  • Be patient and allow extra time for delays.

“If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party or any celebration, remember to be a responsible party host,” DeCubellis said. “Don’t allow anyone to drive while impaired. If you suspect someone shouldn’t be driving, take his or her keys and arrange for a safe ride home or a safe place to stay.”

Everyone plays a role in keeping the roads safe, on New Year’s Eve and every day, DeCubellis said.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.

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Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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