All of us know that getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol is not a smart thing. Alcohol lowers your inhibition, so you’re more likely to drive carelessly and aggressively. It also impairs your reaction time, so you’re less likely to see that deer in front of you or stop when the car in front of you makes a quick stop. It affects your vision, your mood, and can even cause you to lose consciousness if you’re severely intoxicated. In short, if you have had more than the legal limit or you know that alcohol significantly affects you, you should not be driving.
Unfortunately, many Americans still attempt to drive after drinking, and 2016 was a bad year for drunk driving. According to a CBS report on drunk driving in 2016, 28 people a day have been killed in DUI crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more people may die in DUI crashes this year than in 2015 when there were 10,265 fatalities that year. Countless other people will become injured, incur property damage, and get charged with a DUI. Depending on the number of offenses and the severity of impairment, an individual could be forced to pay a fine, lose their license, or even go to jail.
As we celebrate the New Year, please keep the following tips in mind from eTags to help you stay sober and avoid a potentially life-changing event:
- Ask a sober friend to drive you home or designate a sober driver before you go out
- Contact a taxi service or hire a Uber driver
- Download a drunk driving prevention app to get commuting options when you are intoxicated
- If you are at a party and feel that you are too tipsy to drive, make arrangements to stay there or over someone’s place that you trust until you sober up
- If it’s a major holiday, services like Triple A
- Address your drinking head-on. If you can’t limit yourself or have drove drunk in the past, it might be time to seek professional help to avoid future problems