When it comes to drunk driving and drugged driving (those driving under the influence of prescription and nonprescription drugs), prevention is key. Knowledge is power when it comes to preventing tragic situations involving those under the influence behind the wheel. According to the CDC, the state of Georgia saw 3,699 fatalities associated with crashes involving a drunk driver from 2003-2012. This is certainly a terrifying bit of data. Think about how many of these deaths could have been prevented if those involved had followed the basic suggestions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed below.
If you are hosting a Christmas party or New Year’s Eve party in which alcohol will be present, it is your responsibility to be a helpful host. Remind guests in advance to plan ahead by choosing a designated driver or offer overnight accommodations for your guests. If alcohol is provided, make sure you provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for those who prefer not to drink or are choosing not to drink so they can provide responsible transportation. Monitor the coming and going of guests to ensure they are leaving with a sober driver.
Be proactive and collect keys from guests up front. It may be easier to get keys in a precautionary measure as guests arrive rather than trying to get them from someone later on. Do not let a friend or family member drive if they are impaired.
Plan Options in Advance
Before any holiday party or celebration begins, designate a non-drinking driver or arrange alternate transportation plans such as a taxi or Uber. Mistakes are less likely if you go into a party setting with plans already made.
At the TowneLaker, we hope that you and your families enjoy the holidays in as safe a manner as possible. Please keep in mind the above tips and feel free to share them during National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month as well as throughout the rest of the year.