Responsible Holiday Party Hosts Can Help Prevent Driving Accidents
WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 4, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass., Dec.4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Each holiday season about 1,200
people across the United States will die as a result of car crashes that
involve drunk drivers. And many thousands of others will be injured. Many of
these accidents are caused by drunk drivers leaving holiday gatherings hosted
by friends or family—turning holiday cheer into unimaginable tragedies, in an
With that reality in mind, The Hanover Insurance Group offers tips to
encourage hosts to responsibly plan and hold holiday parties. These tips are
aimed at helping their guests to stay safe, while also helping hosts to avoid
potential personal liability.
"Drunk driving accidents are senseless and can easily be prevented," said Mark
Desrochers, president of The Hanover's personal lines business. "While many
people spend days and even weeks planning the perfect party, they don't give a
second thought to how their guests will arrive safely home or what they will
do if someone consumes too much alcohol and wants to drive." "While it may
seem awkward, asking an intoxicated guest not to drive could prevent a
tragedy," Desrochers said.
To help reduce the risk of alcohol-related driving accidents this holiday
season, or anytime you are hosting a party, The Hanover recommends:
Planning the Holiday Party:
oLet your guests know ahead of time how you feel about drinking and driving
and their need to be responsible about their alcohol consumption
oAs guests RSVP, remind them of the importance of a non-drinking designated
oPlan activities to engage your guests and to take the focus away from
oProvide plenty of high-protein foods, like cheese and meats, to help slow
the absorption of alcohol and to keep guests from drinking on an empty
stomach. Keep in mind that food does not affect the pace alcohol leaves
oAvoid salty snacks like potato chips and pretzels that can cause guests to
oOffer unique, non-alcoholic beverages, or "mocktails," for designated
drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol
oIf preparing an alcoholic punch, use a fruit juice instead of a carbonated
base, whichspeeds the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream
oHave the number of a taxi service on hand for anyone who may need a ride,
or plan to drive any intoxicated partygoers home, or if necessary make
arrangements for them to stay the evening.
What to Do While Hosting the Party:
oHave fun, but stay in control. Remember you are responsible for the safety
of your guests, and in some cases, their actions when they leave your
party. Good hosts don't drink too much in order to make sure guests do the
oNever serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age
oKeep alcohol in a central, visible place, where teen drivers can't "sneak"
oNever ask children to serve alcohol at parties
oDon't let guests mix their own drinks. Use a reliable "server" who can
track the size and number of drinks each guest consumes
oIf a guest is drinking too much, offer to refresh their drink with a
oClose the bar 90 minutes before the end of the party; use the rest of the
party to serve coffee and dessert. Only time will sober someone who has
oIf guests drink too much, don't let them drive: drive them home yourself
(leaving another sober guest to fill-in as host while you are gone),
arrange for another guest or a taxi to take them home, or invite them to
Responsible holiday hosting helps to ensure that you and your guest have fun
celebrating, while also staying safe and avoiding senseless tragedies.
Additionally, having the right insurance coverages for you and working with a
professional independent agent helps you to have the right type of protection.
For example umbrella liability insurance coverage offers protection in the
event a guest is injured at your party or causes an injury to someone after
they leave. To find an independent agent near you and learn more about
umbrella liability insurance, go to www.hanover.com
About The Hanover
Founded in 1852, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG) is proud to be
celebrating 160 years of delivering on its promises to its agent partners and
their customers. The Hanover offers a wide range of property and casualty
products and services to businesses, individuals, and families through a
select group of agents and brokers, and is ranked among the top 25 property
and casualty companies in the United States.
Based in Worcester, Mass., The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. is the holding
company for a group of insurers that includes The Hanover Insurance Company,
also based in Worcester, Citizens Insurance Company of America, headquartered
in Howell, Michigan, Chaucer Holdings PLC, based in London, and their
affiliates. Through Chaucer, the company underwrites business at Lloyd's of
London in several major insurance and reinsurance classes, including property,
marine and aviation, energy, U.K. motor and casualty. For more information,
please visit www.hanover.com.
SOURCE The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.
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