Once again, the holiday season is upon us.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, with Christmas and New Years soon
following. The holidays are a time to reflect, rejoice and celebrate. Often
times, holiday celebration comes in the form of a few drinks with friends and
family. Whether you’re enjoying a beer with the Thanksgiving football game, a
cup of eggnog by the fireplace or a glass of wine with Christmas dinner, there
are a few matters to keep in mind.
First and foremost, driving under the influence and
driving while intoxicated are very serious crimes that can have a indelible
effect on your life. Simply having a few drinks could lead to death,
destruction, embarrassment and loss of privileges. It is important to have a
plan when it relates to alcohol consumption, especially around the holidays.
Here are three suggestions for avoiding a DUI this holiday season.
have a designated driver.
This piece of advice has been recited ad nauseum, and
for good reason. Having a designated driver is the cheapest, most convenient
way of ensuring safe transportation to and from a party. If you have a friend
or family member who doesn’t drink, you can simply ask them if they could take
you home. Make sure to make the trip worth their while. If you have a group of
close friends or family who are all known for enjoying a holiday libation here
and there, you can take turns staying sober and being the designated driver.
2. Make sure to have the phone
numbers of several taxi services.
As easy as getting a designated driver might sound, there are always those
special events where sobriety is more difficult than usual. Some gathering that
come to mind are office Christmas parties and New Years parties. It is
In my last post I discussed why I think virtually
discuss three things every policy should have, which I commonly find to be
First, a quick run-down of the basic purpose for a
They: 1) tell visitors what information you collect from them (whether the
collection is overt, such as through an email opt-in, or covert, such as
through tracking cookies); and 2) what you will and will not do with the
Now on to the three things
every policy should have (but often don’t):
A Notice About Tracking Cookie Usage. If you use
third-party analytics or ad serving, then it is virtually guaranteed that your
site places tracking cookies on your visitors’ computers. If you have any sort
of “sign-in” functionality to your site, chances are session cookies
are also utilized keep users logged in, for security, or to make log-in easier.
collected is used, and what cookies are controlled by third-parties. When
appropriate, reference the privacy policies of these third-party cookie using
providers so your visitors know what they do with information collected.
COPPA Notice. Whether or not your site is oriented
toward collecting information from children under 13 years of age, you should
be referencing the Children’s On-Line Privacy Protection Act
expressly collects information children under 13 or can be seen as attractive
to children under 13 (think cartoon characters, child-oriented language, toys,
other hand, if your site clearly doesn’t market to or collect …