5 Ways to Prevent Drunk Driving During the Holiday Season
Holiday celebrations are in full swing now that it’s December. It’s perfectly acceptable to go out with friends and family and celebrate with food and drink as long as you celebrate responsibly.
Don’t allow holiday parties to ruin your Christmas plans. If you decide to drink and drive due to a holiday party, the consequences could be disastrous for you, your loved ones, or someone else.
Drinking and driving awareness has improved with driver education and public service announcements and DUI deaths have dropped for the same reason since the 1980s. However, recent statistics show a sad reality that drinking and driving is still a problem in the United States. Nearly 29 people in America die daily due to drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2016, 10,497 people were killed in DUI crashes, and 290,000 were injured. And, about two out of three people on average in the US will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lives.
Here are five solutions for drinking and driving. The safest way to prevent drinking and driving is to not drink, and if you are drinking, don’t drive. Here are some other ways to prevent drinking and driving:
-If you are out at a bar, carpool with a friend who is designated as the sober driver.
-Make sleeping arrangements with the person who is hosting the party.
-Plan a ride home before you go to a party or bar. It could be a friend, family member, share ride service, etc.
-If you are the one planning the party, you also have a responsibility to prevent drinking and driving. Make sure your guests have a safe ride home.
-Don’t walk home. This may result in further unneeded problems.
The San Antonio Police Officers’ Association wishes you a safe and happy holiday season! Drink responsibly, keep your friends and family from drinking and driving, and don’t get behind the wheel of a car if you have been drinking.