Every day, many people drink and drive without seeing the harm it can cause. Choosing to drive yourself home when you are impaired by alcohol is putting not only your own life at risk but also that of anyone else on the road while you are driving.
Even a small amount of alcohol can lead to harmful situations. Some drivers may not even show warning signs of being under the influence, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less dangerous. Here are a few more things we can all do to prevent our family and friends from drink driving this holiday season.
Many of you know family members who drink too much at holiday parties. You recognize your husband, boyfriend, sister, or mother risks his or her life and the lives of others when he or she gets behind the wheel in an intoxicated state. Take a stand and be firm. No drinking and driving.
We hear it repeated again and again, but it’s true! Friends! Don’t let friends drive drunk. Do what it takes to keep an intoxicated friend from getting behind the wheel. Take his keys away. Move his car to a place where he can’t find it. Drive him home yourself. Call a cab, if you can’t drive him home either because you don’t have a car or because you’ve had too much to drink yourself.
Yes, you. You have a role to play in keeping drunk drivers off the roads. Watch out for them as you travel the highways and roads over the holidays. If you see driver conduct that suggests a motorist is driving while intoxicated, call the police and report the suspicious behavior immediately. Give location, type of vehicle, and license plate number whenever possible.
For your own safety, think twice before you travel the roads and highways late at night during the Holidays. There are more intoxicated drivers on the road in the late evening and early morning hours. And be selfish! Don’t get into a car or onto a motorcycle operated by someone you know has had too much to drink!
No one is more responsible for preventing drunk driving than you, the driver. No excuses! If you drink, you can’t drive.
Most of us enjoy hosting holiday parties for friends and family. However, with the decision to serve alcoholic beverages comes the responsibility to make certain our guests don’t leave the party so impaired that they are unable to drive safely.
Safety tips from: Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.