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When going out on the town, it’s important to be prepared for the likelihood that one or more of your party will be drinking. Drinking impairs the ability of drivers by slowing down reaction times and creating problems in vision and rational thinking. Drunk driving is extremely dangerous, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2016 alone, one of the scariest drunk driving statistics is that 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes.

However, drunk driving doesn’t always end in an accident. Getting caught behind the wheel while intoxicated can result in license suspension or revocation, possible jail time or more. It can be easy to forget that drinking and driving is not only unsafe, but illegal.

Fortunately, there are solutions to stop drunk driving that will prevent you from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Take a look at these alternative solutions for drunk driving that won’t have your fun night out ending in an accident or jail time:

1. Designate a Sober Driver

Designating a member of the group to remain sober in order to drive everyone home is the easiest way to make sure that no one is getting behind the wheel drunk. Be sure to choose a reliable member of the group who isn’t going to get carried away in the festivities and drink when they shouldn’t be.

2. Use a Ride-hailing Service

If no one is willing to be the designated driver, then take a taxi or use an app based ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft that can be accessed from your mobile device.

3. Stay In

Though this option doesn’t sound as fun as the first two, it’s important to remember all of the ramifications of driving while intoxicated. If you’re certain you’ll be too tempted to drink at your destination and you’re unable to find someone to drive you or there are no ride-hailing services available, it’s best to stay in for the night or find an activity that doesn’t involve drinking. A night out drinking, isn’t worth risking your own life or the lives of others.

Drinking is a social activity that many people engage in. Drunk driving however, should never be included in anyone’s night, and it’s important to plan for the possibility that you will be too impaired to get behind the wheel at the end of the night. These three alternatives are great options for those who want to make sure their night is just as safe as it is fun.

If you have been impacted by drunk or drugged driving, view the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website to get the help you need and prevent the possibility of impaired driving.

 

 

 

 

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