According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “In just the few days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve, an average of 304 people die in drunk-driving crashes.” It also states “there are more motor vehicle deaths during these times and the proportion of drivers and motorcycle riders who are legally drunk, exceeds the annual average.” That means these drivers are driving the same roads with us.
There are a few things you can do to stay safe. Keep some of these simple tips in mind:
- Understand that Zero Tolerance means just that – if you are stopped with any traceable amount of alcohol in your system, it is illegal.
- If you’re relying on a ride from someone who has been drinking, find another ride.Everyone reacts to alcohol differently. If you know a friend has been drinking, assume they are unable to drive.
- Food, coffee or exercise will not reduce the amount of alcohol in your system. Only time decreases the effects of alcohol.
- If a friend has been drinking and is about to drive, speak up. Offer to drive, take the keys or call a parent.
- Most of those killed in alcohol-related crashes involving teen drivers are the young drivers themselves and their passengers.