Posted : 12/01/2006
Did you know that at least 50 percent of all holiday traffic fatalities are alcohol related? In fact, that is why December is designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Definitely a sobering thought if you are hosting or attending a holiday party this year!
Another thought that just might have you rethinking your company's "open bar" policy is that if an employee or guest leaves your party drunk and gets into an accident, your company could be liable - even if that person may have went to another party or to a bar after leaving your party. If you don't think your company can be found liable - think again! Most states have some form of "social host" laws in place, specifically targeting employer-hosted events.
Why so much focus on company hosted parties? Many courts feel that employees have a greater obligation to attend company gatherings, as opposed to social gatherings hosted by friends or family members. Kind of makes you reconsider having that "attendance mandatory" notice on your holiday invitations.
Company Sponsored Parties
Planning your company's holiday party this year? If so, consider incorporating some, or all of these holiday party suggestions into your company's festivities.
Hosting a Holiday Party
Planning a family gathering or holiday party at your house? Then you too could be potentially liable for any guests that leave your home drunk. If your guests get into an accident because they had too much to drink at your party, the finger could be pointed at you. The best solution is to have a dry party filled with holiday foods, games, prizes, and non-alcoholic beverages. However, if you still want to have a holiday party with alcoholic beverages, then we suggest practicing the following tips.
Drinking and Driving Myths
Think you know everything there is to know about drinking and driving - think again!
A DUI could do more than potentially harm innocent people; it could also affect your auto insurance coverage. While insurance companies are not allowed to deny coverage to policyholders because of race, religion, residence, age or occupation - they are allowed to cancel your policy for having your driver's license suspended or being convicted of a crime, such as a DUI. That is something to think about before you pick up that next drink at a holiday party!
These holiday party safety tips were provided by Insurance.com, the nation's largest online auto insurance agency. If you are in the market for auto insurance or are thinking about switching auto insurance carriers, visit Insurance.com's auto insurance comparison application. Here, you will be able to evaluate multiple rates from best-in-class insurance providers, helping you save time and money on your auto insurance.
Insurance.com wishes you and your family a safe and secure holiday driving season.
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