How to Prevent and Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents

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It’s always a good time to drink and have a great time with friends and family. But deciding to drink and drive is not a good idea, it could lead to injuring yourself or others if you get into a drunk driving accident . Getting a DUI is not an easy time emotionally or physically. Check out this interactive infographic on how to prevent and avoid drunk driving accidents.

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How to Prevent and Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents

Deciding not to drink and drive is the right thing to do, and everyone appreciates you for it. But there are other steps you can take in order to decrease the number of drunk drivers on the road and increase your chances of avoiding danger.

  • Almost 30 people in the U.S. die every day in motor vehicle accidents involving a driver who was impaired by alcohol.
  • That’s 1 death every 48 minutes.
  • YOU can help prevent drunk driving.

Don’t Let Friends Drink and Drive

  • If you’re hosting a party or having friends over, you don’t want your guests leaving and driving home drunk. Keep these things in mind:
    • Don’t force alcohol on your guests. They might accept a drink just to be polite.
    • Invite guests to stay the night.
    • Call a cab if someone insists on going home.
    • Always have non-alcoholic beverages available.
  • About 50% of adults are regular alcohol drinkers.
  • So whether you’re at a low-key party or out on the town, check to make sure your friends are sober before they get behind the wheel.

How Can You Tell if They’re Okay to Drive?

  • It’s probably more difficult than you would think.
  • If someone has a BAC of less than 150 mg/dl the obvious physical signs might not be there.
  • Someone who isn’t slurring their words or staggering can still be impaired.
  • Because of this, if you’re unsure how much someone has had to drink, be cautious. Don’t let them drive.

Once You’re On the Road

  • In 2011, 4 million Americans admitted to having driven while intoxicated at least once.
    • To put that in perspective, that’s more than the entire population of Iowa.
  • Unfortunately, you can’t keep everyone in the world from driving drunk. When you’re on the road, be careful of drivers around you who may be intoxicated.
  • Here are some of the tell-tale signs:
    • Abruptly speeding up or slowing down.
    • Stopping without reason.
    • Driving slower than 10 mph under the limit.
    • Drifting in and out of lanes.
    • Turning wider than normal.
    • Drinking in the car.
    • Keeping face close to the windshield.
    • Almost causing an accident.
  • If you see someone is driving while intoxicated:
    • Don’t try to stop the vehicle yourself.
    • Call 911:
  • Describe where the car is headed.
  • Describe what the car looks like.
  • Explain how the driver has been behaving.

Conclusion

It’s important to make the personal choice not to drink and drive, but it’s also important to look out for others who may be driving while intoxicated and to persuade those who have been drinking not to get behind the wheel. Your small choices can make a big difference in roadway safety.

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