Preventing drunk driving, whether it's you or a loved one, can and will save lives. Crashes caused by drunk drivers cost the nation $47 billion in direct economic impacts in 2010, an average cost of $152 for every person in the U.S., and rose to $195 billion when the overall harm to society due to loss of life and quality of life was included. Over Labor Day weekend in 2010, almost 40 percent of all traffic fatalities were due to drunk-driving related crashes, according to the NHTSA.
They also report that in 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
Below, you'll find tips that will help you prevent drunk driving. We hope you're able to refrain from drinking and driving, and will encourage others to do so, as well.
Preventing Yourself from Drunk Driving
Plan Ahead - Make sure you have a ride to take you home. Have a non-drinking family member or friend pick you up when you need to go somewhere. Take public transportation when provided. If that fails, stay the night where you're attending a party.
Refuse to Drive - If you're with friends and they try to encourage you to drive, refuse. Driving drunk will not only put yourself in danger, but worse, put other lives at risk, as well.
Stay at Home - Have a party at your house. Encourage friends and family to come to your house, instead of going out.
Preventing Others From Drunk Driving
Encourage Them To Stay - If you're having a party at your house, make a rule that all who drink will have to stay the night. Collect keys in a bowl that is hidden until the next morning. There's nothing wrong with keeping friends and family safe while drinking at your house.
Work Together - If you're out and drinking, make a pact between each other. Don't drive drunk. Saying no is easier when two or more people are involved in that decision. Take a cab, city bus or other public transportation instead.
Remind Them of the Consequences - It's not often that, even though we know the consequences of driving drunk, we think about what could happen. Before your friend or family member drives off drunk, remind them what could happen. They will go to jail if caught, or worse, hurt or kill themselves or someone else.
Remember, the best way to avoid a DUI this Labor Day weekend is to refrain from drinking and then driving, altogether. It's the only way to ensure your BAC isn't above the legal limit.
Plan ahead, refrain from drunk driving or have a party at your house to encourage at home drinking during this holiday weekend. We hope these tips help you prevent drunk driving.
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