For graduates, there’s no more momentous occasion than donning their cap and gown and beginning the next chapter of their lives. At ceremonies across the area, speakers will tell graduates one well-worn piece of sage advice: You have your entire life ahead of you. It might be a cliche, but it’s true, which is why it’s so important that you stay safe while enjoying the parties and festivities.
Even if you don’t have a loved one walking across the stage this year, I’m betting that you’re gearing up for a weekend of fun and Monday off from work. And why shouldn’t you be? Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and a great time to kick back, fire up the grill, and enjoy time with friends. No matter what you’re commemorating this weekend, however, it’s important to make sure that you don’t put good times ahead of smart decision making and lawful behavior. Here are a few of my tips to stay safe and smiling all weekend long.
Have a Plan
Graduation weekend often involves hopping from one party to the next to make sure your student can see all of their friends. If you’ll be attending multiple parties, it’s a great idea to assign a designated driver. When you have to wonder if you’re okay to drive, you’re not okay to drive. Pro tip: attend the parties you’re least likely to stay at for a long time first. A quick “hello” and “congratulations” doesn’t require hanging out for hours.
Stay Hydrated and Nourished
It will likely be mighty hot this weekend, so eating food and drinking water will go a long way in keeping you alert and focused. The more water you intake, the better. But don’t think that hydrating will make you less intoxicated, because it won’t. Spacing out drinks between water, on the other hand, helps you from drinking too much too quickly. Plus, who doesn’t love some Memorial Day barbecue or a graduation party spread?
Call a Ride
Look, I can’t state this plainly enough: If you’ve had anything to drink, don’t get behind the wheel. I totally understand that you may intend not to drink only to end up taking part in a Champagne toast. If that happens, call an Uber, Lyft, or taxi. There’s no shame in it, and I promise you won’t regret it. I can’t say the same for driving drunk.
Watch Out For Revellers
There will be lots of folks downtown partying, so you need to stay extra vigilant on busy roads. You should never assume you know how a pedestrian will behave, and that’s doubly true for this weekend. Take it slow and keep your eyes peeled. Better yet, avoid busy roads altogether if you can help it.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of smiles and zero hiccups. That said, if you are injured in a car accident this Memorial Day (or any other time of the year), call Emery Law Office at 502-771-1LAW (1529) and ask how we can help.
Congratulations Class of 2018! And Congratulations John!