June 14, 2007
Be a Designated Driver
Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is totally preventable. Unfortunately, over twenty percent of all traffic fatalities in the United State each year are caused by drunk drivers. 1 Thus, drunk driving remains a serious national problem that tragically affects thousands of victims annually.
Don’t drink and drive and don’t ride with anyone who has too much to drink. Remember, it is usually themselves and their passengers who are harmed by drunk drivers. The risk of collision for high Blood Alcohol Content drivers is several hundred times higher than for a non-drinking driver.
If you haven’t had anything to drink, volunteer to be a designated driver. And never condone or approve of excessive alcohol consumption. Intoxicated behavior is potentially dangerous and never amusing. Don’t ever let your friends drive drunk. Take their keys, have them stay the night, have them ride home with someone else, call a cab, or do whatever else is necessary – but don’t let them drive!