WalletHub New Year’s Facts

Tonight is one of the top drinking days of the year! Over 360 Million glasses of sparkling wine are expected to drunk on New Year’s Eve.

Unfortunately, all that drinking leads to an increase in drug/alcohol related Emergency Room visits. 17% of ER visits on New Year’s Eve are drug/alcohol related – the most of any holiday.

It’s also a bad day for car crashes. Nearly 50,000 people get hurt in car crashes each New Year’s Eve.

Be safe and responsible tonight. You need to be in one piece to fulfill those New Year’s Resolutions.

44% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution. The Top 5 Resolutions are: Exercise More, Eat Healthier, Save Money, Lose Weight, Reduce Stress. 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February

One more factoid for you: New Years Day is the most popular day for car thefts! Followed by Presidents Day and Halloween. NYE also makes the Top 10 most popular car theft days. So be sure to lock your cars today!

There are lots of new Illinois laws going into effect tomorrow. Some highlights:

The big one: Adults 21 and over may legally purchase recreational marijuana from a state-regulated recreational dispensary. (I’ve seen some Roaring 20’s themed parties planned for tonight which are celebrating the end of Pot Prohibition…CLEVER!)

The fines for illegally passing school buses will double, from $150 to $300 for an initial violation and from $500 to $1,000 for a subsequent violation. Also, the fines for violating Scott’s Law will increase to $10,000. Slow down and change lanes when approaching disabled vehicles or emergency vehicles on the side of the highway.

All public restrooms must be equipped with a baby-changing station.

Minimum wage increases for the first time in over a decade, from $8.25 to $9.25 per hour.

High school seniors in the top 10 percent of their class by GPA are guaranteed acceptance to NIU, SIU, WIU and EIU, provided they meet other criteria for admissions.

Those are just some of the 255 new state laws that go into effect tomorrow. You can check out the full list here:

2020 is going to be great for weekend holiday celebrations! Thanks to the Leap Year, Valentine’s Day is going to fall on a Friday. The 4th of July falls on a Saturday with most businesses closing on July 3rd to observe. Halloween is also on a Saturday, Christmas is on a Friday, and NYE is on a Thursday meaning you’ll get to kick of 2021 with a 3 day weekend!

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