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Better safe than sorry

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Last Updated : 30 December 2011, 07:32 IST
Last Updated : 30 December 2011, 07:32 IST

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It’s the most happening night of the year. But the New Year’s eve comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

As exciting as it is to be out with friends and family, it’s extremely important for one to be safe and sound especially while driving back late after the party. Metrolife speaks to a few Bangaloreans to find out how they plan to stay safe this New Year’s night.

Padmapriya, a senior programme coordinator, says the best way to stay safe is to be with family. “Everyone wants to drink on New Year’s due to which many accidents take place. So I prefer going to less crowded places with either my husband or parents,” she says. She also feels women, in particular, need to be extra careful.

“A number of crimes are happening against women in the City. It’s better for them to be with their family or people they are familiar with,” she adds.

When hanging out in a group, it’s essential that the person who is driving doesn’t drink. Pranav, a student of Masters in International Business at St Joseph’s College of Commerce, drives back on New Year’s eve. So he doesn’t drink at all.

“While driving, wearing a seat belt is a must as there are many drunk people out there creating a racket,” he says.

“One must also make sure not to get involved in any brawl. It’s better to mind your own business and reach home safely,” he adds.

Aheli, an F&B consultant, and Akshay, a search editor at Yahoo, prefer hiring a cab. “One shouldn’t go overboard with drinking. Just keep in mind that your drunk behaviour can cause harm to others,” says Akshay while Aheli feels, “We book a cab in advance and all the girls are dropped home first.”

Being in the hotel industry, Aheli prefers to go for parties in which she is familiar with the crowd.

“Knowing all the servers as well as the guests at a party is a safety factor in itself,” she notes.

“Also if the party is getting over by 1.30 am for instance, we prefer to leave late, like 3 am, as the roads will be calmer by then,” she signs off.  

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Published 30 December 2011, 07:32 IST

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