It is never okay to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. According to the NHTSA, drunk driving accidents account for 10,000 lives lost every year and contribute to one-third of all traffic-related deaths. There has never been a legitimate excuse to drive while drunk. And that statement has never been more true than today when we can gain access to a designated driver as easily as opening a phone app. Here are three ways to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others whenever you are intoxicated.
Call an Uber or Lyft
If you’ve ever been out to a bar or dinner with your friends, you are probably familiar with the situation of having more than one glass of wine or a cocktail. You may even say having a drink or two is bound to happen. If you or your friends plan to drink alcohol, the best way to be safe is to have a plan set ahead of time. Open your Uber or Lyft app on your smart phone and get a ride home safely.
Hail a cab
If you live in a city or an area where cabs frequent, they are a smart alternative to getting behind the wheel while you are drunk.
Ask a friend or family member
Having a trusted friend whom you can call whenever you need them, especially during an emergency, is a fortunate thing. Show thanks to them by supplying them with a gas card or lunch!
If you’re ever hosting a party where alcohol is being consumed, most states will hold you responsible for your guests’ actions behind the wheel. In those particular states, anyone injured by a drunk driver has the right to sue the host of the party who supplied the alcohol. In some cases, criminal charges may even apply. Being familiar with your host liquor liability is really important. Also, make sure that your guests always have a safe way to get home.