Drunk Driving Prevention
Every year, drunk drivers kill many people, including themselves.
Approximately 20 percent of accident fatalities are cause by someone under the influence of alcohol. This is unfortunate because these deaths were preventable.
Research has shown that most people who drink and drive have a low blood alcohol content and cause few accidents. However, while a small number of drivers may have high blood alcohol content, many of those drivers have fatal crashes.
Across the country, states impose DUI penalties on those who drink and drive. These can range from fines, jail time, and loss of driving privileges. Of all of these punishments, driver’s license suspension seems to be very effective at preventing future drunk driving incidents.
There are many ways to prevent drunk driving. The first is the most simple – if you need to drive, do not drink alcohol before.
If you are going to drink, be smart about it. Limit yourself to one drink per hour. This will allow your body ample time to metabolize the alcohol and get it out of your system. Also, remember that a 12-ounce bottle of beer, 5-ounces of wine and a 1.5-ounce of hard liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol. Don’t think that if you just stick with beer you will be ok to drive at the end of the evening.
It is also important to enlist your friends to prevent drunk driving. You should find a volunteer to be the designated driver or volunteer yourself. If one of your friends has too much to drink, arrange safe transportation for them to get home.
Do not participate in drinking games (such as chugging contests) if you plan on driving. These games may cause you to drink too much alcohol in a short amount of time, therefore raising your blood alcohol content above the legal limit.
Beware of drinking alcohol while taking medication. These may speed up the effects of alcohol.
If you must get somewhere, be safe and take a taxi home. It may seem expensive, but it is cheaper than facing a DUI charge and paying fines. It can also potentially save your life.