Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime that carries with it serious consequences. Despite this, according to the American Automobile Association and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), over 19 percent of legally aged motorists – and 23 percent of teens – admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a person concerned about their own personal safety as well as the welfare of their friends and family, you are probably wondering what you can do to prevent a situation where you are intoxicated and behind the wheel.
Here are some tips to prevent drinking and driving:
· Plan ahead whenever you are going to socialize with alcohol beverages
· Choose a designated driver. Decide who's going to be doing the driving before you go out, and make sure that person doesn't drink any alcoholic beverages
· Call a taxi. Sometimes even the designated driver slips. If nobody in your group is sober, take alternate transportation. Cab, train, bus, horse and buggy – anything's better than getting in the car with a drunk driver.
Consider this: It’s better to be out $20 for a cab ride than losing your license, losing your freedom or losing your life.