Statistics show that more car accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers happen during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Below you will find a few tips for those age 21 and over along with additional resources.
1. Designate at least one person as the sober driver for the night. Maybe you decide to volunteer yourself, or you and a friend together decide to stay sober for the night. Research shows that even just one drink can impair an individual’s ability to drive, and that is why it is important to have a designated sober driver. As a thank-you or incentive for your friend who is DD… Maybe pay for their dinner, or give them gas money.
2. Be aware of your alcohol intake and those of your friends. If someone drinks too much and gets sick, blacks out or goes unconscious, get them the help they need immediately. Alcohol poisoning should not be taking lightly, and can lead to death if the individual does not get medical assistance. If you have to, call 9-1-1.
3. Set a plan. Drinking and driving can have serious consequences. Police will pull over those driving under the influence, and accidents causing injuries or death can also occur. Check into local services that provide transportation to and from your house.
We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!
How do you spot a drunk driver and what do you do? CLICK HERE to read from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving
National Highway Safety Traffic Administration
How to Spot a Drunk Driver
Control Tonight – A simulated scenario that goes through what could happen during a night of drinking with friends…
Do you think you, or a loved one, may have a problem with alcohol? Visit here for more information on warning signs and how to get the help needed.