April is Alcohol Awareness Month and it reminds us that there is a lot to be done to reduce impaired driving in order to save lives and prevent injuries. We never like to see a client injured due to an accident involving drinking and driving. One of the most highly known reasons for crashes is alcohol-impaired driving. Let’s take this month to reflect and discuss how to prevent drinking and driving.
While drinking a few beers can be fun, drinking and driving is not a joke. Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) estimate that an average of 300,000 people drive drunk each day of the year. So what can you do to prevent drinking and driving and being involved in an unfortunate accident?
How To Prevent Drinking and Driving | 4 Tips:
- Choose a designated driver. The best way to prevent drinking and driving is to plan your outing in advance. By designating a sober driver everyone can feel good knowing they have a safe ride home and still have fun.
- If you are hosting a party with alcohol, take everyone’s keys when they arrive. This is another way to properly prepare and keep other’s safe. Gathering everyone’s keys in advance and storing them in a safe spot is easier and less awkward than trying to take away someone’s keys after they have been drinking.
- Buy a portable breathalyzer. These devices are easily available and relatively cheap. If you are out drinking, check your level before you get in the car and, if you are at 0.05 percent or higher, sit back down, eat something and wait to drive until you blow lower.
- Have a few numbers of taxi companies or download a ride-sharing app such as Uber early in the night. That way, if you don’t have a designated driver or they decide to drink you have a safe backup plan.. The cost of a taxi is FAR less expensive than the costs of a DUI.
As attorneys, we fight to ensure the financial security of those injured in drunk driving accidents. We understand that even if you know how to prevent drinking and driving and do your best to ensure your safety, you may get harmed due to someone else’s actions. If you have been involved in a car accident, contact us today.