Every holiday party starts with planning, and you should apply that same mindset before getting on the highway.
If you decide to drink, plan ahead to have a sober ride home. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher. However, even small amounts of alcohol can impair a person’s ability to drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers.Here are some tips:
– If you drink alcohol, do not get behind the wheel for any reason. Make sure you have a designated driver or a taxi to take you home.- Hand your keys over to a trusted friend or family member at the beginning of the night before the first drink. This removes any temptations of thinking you are okay to drive.
– Be aware of other drivers. Don’t assume everyone is driving as safely as you are.
– Impaired drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but also to other innocent drivers on the road.
– If you suspect someone is driving drunk, call the police when it is safe to do so. You will be doing that person a favor…and other innocent passengers on the road.
Being safe in the New Year of 2021 and making it to the next year—can be as simple as being responsible and making good decisions.