Pedestrian Peril This New Year's Eve

If you are walking yourself home, whether you've been drinking or not, doctors suggest precautions to maximize your safety.

"Stay on the sidewalk if there is one, and if there isn't, walk facing traffic," says Lowenfels.

Visibility is key as it can be hard for drivers, alcohol-impaired or not, to see someone in dark clothing at night, so "wear bright colored clothing; and if you have a little flashlight too, that's wonderful," Lowenfels says.

Esposito adds that walking in groups can help visibility as well.

It's good to "try to choose a route that has pedestrian-friendly space, such as sidewalks and crosswalks," Braverman says.

But, of course, the best option, he points out, is to have a sober driver take you home or, if possible, "stick to public transportation. That would go a ways toward avoiding these kinds of accidents."

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