New Year’s Eve is one of the largest events of the year, particularly in Las Vegas, and the safety of the community is always the number one priority.

To ensure maximum enjoyment and build a foundation of safety and security, Richard Harris of the Richard Harris Law Firm encourages people to plan ahead and identify the details of their New Year’s Eve festivities before the countdown begins.

“We all want to have a good time and that is a good thing,” said Mr. Harris. “But I believe it is important to encourage people to think about potential dangers and safety issues prior to going out and celebrating the New Year.”

There will be a number of road closures in place and parking in some locations may be limited, so, expect significant delays and plan accordingly. Strategizing for safety in your celebration starts with considering the effects of having a large number of people moving and congregating. In the case of New Year’s Eve, the best defense is a good offense.

“It is amazing how many accidents can be prevented with just a little preparation and precaution,” said Mr. Harris.

Planes, Trains, Free Ride Programs, and Taxis…

With such advanced and diverse traveling methods in our society, there are a multitude of alternatives to automobiles that can give you the opportunity to realistically approach your party plans from the ‘safety first’ perspective, keep you off the roads as much as possible, and perhaps even stay out of a car altogether.

Your pre-party protection plan can be as simple as making sure you have enough cab fare and storing it someplace safe. Or you can identify someone who is willing to be the designated driver for the night or assign a person ahead of time who makes sure everyone gets home safely. The plan can be as basic or in-depth as you want, it’s just important to make sure you have one.

Fireworks and Road Closures

In addition to pre-planning how you will get home this holiday season, Mr. Harris suggests that locals as well as Vegas tourists research the details of the location they are going to or the part of town where they are planning to celebrate in advance.

“Road changes and checkpoints are common occurrences on New Year’s Eve,” says Mr. Harris, “but finding that information, utilizing it, and creating a workaround can be both easy and beneficial.”

Identifying the roadmap and agenda of the fireworks show you are attending not only saves you travel time but can also make your night run more smoothly and help prevent accidents by knowing exactly where you’re going. Knowing ahead of time means you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to search for your location or disrupt the flow of traffic with sudden lane changes. Several firework shows offer information online that outlines their New Year’s Eve agenda. Road detours and exit closures can also be determined with a few clicks of your mouse or by making a quick phone call.

With fireworks, heavy traffic, and the potential for drunk drivers, party-goers can’t be too prepared during the holiday season. And having a multitude of travel alternatives gives everyone the opportunity to realistically consider options that can help you to stay off the roads as much as possible.

“I look forward to celebrating 2014 and all the great things that will come with this new year,” said Mr. Harris. “If everyone remembers to be cautious in kicking off the New Year, we can all enjoy the festivities with our loved ones and have a great memory to cherish in the long run.”