The holidays are a time for friends, family and celebrations. Unfortunately, they are also the time when accidents involving drunk or drugged drivers increase.
Because of this, the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration had deemed December National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention/Awareness Month to help educate the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The best way to stay safe during this month of celebration and beyond is to understand the very real risks of drugs and alcohol, to commit to always driving sober and to stick to the following tips.
Tips For A Safe Holiday Season
The following tips for a safe holiday can help you have fun and enjoy the season without risking the chance of getting a DUI or causing an accident due to drug or alcohol use.
With a full calendar of office parties and holiday get-togethers, it’s easy to find yourself under the influence and away from home. It’s much easier to designate a driver to get you home safely before you’re under the influence. Planning ahead before you head out to celebrate can keep you safe and prevent an accident.
Take The Keys
What if you see someone you know stagger out of a party and into their car? Like the slogan goes, “friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” If we all applied this rule of thumb, there would be far fewer injuries and deaths due to drunk or drugged driving.
Yes, it can be difficult to stop someone who is drunk or high from getting behind the wheel, but it’s far easier than having to feel partially responsible for a needless accident. Offer a ride, pay the cab fare or let someone sleep over. Just don’t let anyone drive when they are unable to safely do so.
Be A Responsible Host
As the host of a party, you have a responsibility to ensure your guests get home safely. This can be accomplished by offering transportation to and from the event, serving non-alcoholic beverages and cutting off the alcohol at least an hour or more before the party ends.
Do You Need Help Getting Or Staying Sober?
The holidays can be a difficult time for those who are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. However, help is available. If you or a loved one needs help, call the caring, professional staff at Summit Estate. With a single phone call, you can begin the journey of recovery.
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