The decision not to drive when intoxicated, no matter one drink or ten, should be one of the single easiest decisions for a person to make. Somehow it seems, though, that people always manage to find an excuse to get behind the wheel after drinking. Whether it’s because “I just live around the corner” or “I only had one drink- my tolerance is a lot higher than that,” people manage to find a reason that they still have the ability to drive.
The story of the young child killed by an irresponsible drunk driver is not uncommon, but rather so common that it almost doesn’t faze the average person anymore. It’s almost as if drunk driving tragedies are becoming a normality. This isn’t the way it should be. By following a few common sense tips it wouldn’t be hard to stop drunk driving accidents and prevent so many DUIs, ultimately saving people quite a bit of money.
First of all, if you know you’re going to be drinking, plan ahead of time. If you’re the type of person who always says I won’t drive but somehow ends up giving in because you are too drunk to control yourself- go ahead and give your keys to someone you trust and who knows not to hand them over. It’s the smartest thing to do in the long run.
If you’re going out with a group of friends, it would be best to select a “designated driver,” especially if there is someone in your group who doesn’t drink. If all of you enjoy drinking, take turns being the designated driver. Make it a point not to let the designated driver have any alcohol at all.
If no one feels like they cannot drink and still have fun, the best idea would be to prepare for alternate transportation. Bring the numbers of some cab companies or go ahead and set the time and place you’re going to be picked up in advance. If you split the bill with a few friends, it probably won’t be that expensive.
In the event that you’re going to a party at a friend’s house, why not just crash there for the night? Make sure to get permission from the friend-don’t just drink your heart out and then pass out on the couch assuming it’s fine. Get a good night’s rest and then go home in the morning.
Just remember- the choices that you make after drinking, even if it’s just one drink – can affect your entire life. One drink can impair your mental clarity more than you realize. If you’re pulled over it’ll land you a DUI and a bigger hole in your pocket. But worse, one wrong turn – one accidental run through a red light or one missed stop sign and you could take a life. And that is something from which you will never recover. So why chance it? Don’t drive drunk.