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How to Prevent Drunk Driving

How to Prevent Drunk Driving

How to prevent drunk driving? The information given here provides answer to this query. Read on...
Aastha Dogra
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2019
Teenage Boy Drinking Beer and Spilling While Driving Car
There have been around 10,874 deaths from drunk - driving crashes in 2017 in the U.S. Despite such horrifying statistics, many people still indulge in driving under the influence of alcohol. Little do they realize that this way, they are putting their fellow passenger's and people on the street's life in danger.
In fact, statistics reveal that half of all traffic accidents that occur are due to drunk driving! Hence, it is high time steps are taken at all levels - individual, government and community level, to curb this menace.
Awareness
Plan campaigns against drunk driving, both at the national and the state level. Through these campaigns, people should be made aware of the ill effects of driving while drinking as well as the steps that they can take to avoid it.
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For instance, people should be made aware that if they are going to a bar or to a party in a group, they should either hire a driver to drive them back or one of them should take on the responsibility of others, by not drinking and driving everyone else safely home.
Personal Responsibility
Nothing can be done, unless people take personal responsibility. People should make it a point to never let anyone drive in an intoxicated state. If they know that an acquaintance or a friend has had alcohol and is not able to drive, they should arrange for someone to drive them home or themselves take responsibility of driving the person home.
Formulation of Stricter Laws
Formulate laws, at state and federal level, to ensure that menace caused by drunken driving can be checked. There should be stricter laws, such as those caught driving under the influence of liquor should serve time in jail. Invocation of license or disallowing a person to drive for a month, upon being caught driving drunk, are some laws that can be used.
Supervision
Drunk driving incidents are common amongst the teens. Parents, teachers should guide them on how not to indulge in drinking. Parents should keep a watch on teen parties their children organize and attend. No alcohol should be allowed at this age as the law in America prohibits people below 21 to possess or consume alcohol in any form.
Control
The liquor stores, restaurants, supermarkets and bars should ensure that they do not serve liquor to those who are below the age of 21. As youngsters are more likely to binge drink and take risks like driving while drinking, this will prevent many untoward incidents related to drunk driving.
Also, if the bar or restaurant staff feel that any of their guests is so drunk that he is not in a position to drive back home himself, they should take his car keys and offer to call a cab for him or call any of his family member/friend, to take him away.
Intervention
Sometimes, interfering in other's life can save it! This is true in case of drunk driving. If a person spots someone whom they suspect is driving under the influence of liquor, they should contact the police and give the authorities the said vehicle's license plate number. This can be useful to the authorities to ensure the driver's and pedestrian's safety.
Assistance
For those who are addicted to drinking, the most important tip for preventing drunk driving is to first get rid of this problem, join alcohol anonymous and take therapy to treat the same. As a person is able to control his urge to drink alcohol, it will automatically reduce his chances of ending up driving drunk on the streets.
There is no doubt about the fact that drunk driving should be prevented and put an end to, at all costs. With the tips suggested and a bit of effort on the part of people and the government, it certainly is possible!