Attending or hosting events like parties or barbecues often means good food and alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, even if you limit your alcohol consumption, you run the risk of driving while ability impaired by alcohol or driving while intoxicated.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, here are ways that you can plan to remove your risk of driving while intoxicated.
Be aware of the statistics
The first thing that you should keep foremost in your mind is that you do not want to be in a traffic crash, be arrested or at worst become a statistic. The NHTSA cites that in 2018, there were 10,511 fatalities in this country from drunk-driving crashes. In fact, one-third of all vehicle accident deaths result from drinking and driving. Being mindful of these numbers should give you resolve to refrain from adding to the statistics.
Plan ahead for responsible behavior
The key to removing your risk of driving while intoxicated is to have a plan before you engage in socializing. Once you start drinking, your judgment becomes impaired due to the effects of alcohol. Decide ahead of time that you are going to get a ride with a sober friend, call for a taxi, take public transportation or even plan to spend the night. If you socialize with the same group of friends repeatedly, rotate who drives so everyone takes turns being the designated driver.
If you are hosting a gathering or party, offer enticing non-alcoholic beverages or mocktails. Be sure that you or another adult stay sober enough to judge that those people who have driven to the party have not been drinking and offer them a place to sleep for the night if necessary. If you have devised a plan of action, people can enjoy themselves without worry of becoming a driving while intoxicated statistic.