According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), America has more drunk drivers than most countries have people.
Not alarmed by that statistic? Nearly 10,000 people die on the road due to drunk driving each year (NHTSA). How about now?
Maybe once it hits closer to home, people will really see the impact. On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime (NHTSA). That one person could be you or someone you care about.
When I was in school, a classmate drove home drunk from a party. Unfortunately, he didn't make it home, because he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. I will never forget the following Monday morning at school—eerily quiet hallways, somber faces, and many people saying over and over again, "I should have taken his keys."
When I was in school, a classmate drove home drunk from a party. Unfortunately, he didn't make it home…
That's why it is so important to either use a designated driver. (A person that's completely sober and capable of driving everyone home safely.) OR Call for a taxi. Most cities have a taxi service that will run through the night. Find a reliable service and even call ahead to have them pick you up at a specific time.
So, if you plan on being at a party where others may be driving home after drinking too much, make sure you speak up. The NHTSA has 7 helpful tips and advice from focus group research on how to get the keys away from a drunk driver:
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