While it’s fun to celebrate this time of year, remember to stay safe and plan ahead. Last year, MN officers, deputies and troopers arrested 2,656 impaired drivers from November 22nd through December 31st, an slight uptick from the previous year. Before you mutter “Bah Humbug” and pass on the spiked eggnog, consider easy ways to commit to a sober ride.
Plan for a safe ride home. When it’s not your turn to be sober cab, make sure you know who is the designated driver. Or, keep a contact list of sober friends you can call, cab numbers, or public transportation schedules.
Lead by example. Speak up and offer to be a sober driver in order to gain the trust of your friends and loved ones. When you are in a moving vehicle, wear a seatbelt and follow safety precautions. Seatbelts are the best defense against a drunk driver. If you witness impaired driving behavior, report it to 911 with the location, license plate number and description to help keep your community safe.
Know the consequences. A DWI offense has long-term financial and social impacts. In addition to embarrassment, offenders will face thousands of dollars in fines, possible jail time, and the loss of a license. Those with repeat DWIs must use ignition interlock to regain driving privileges and/or suffer the loss of a driver’s license.
Ensure your holidays are merry and bright and plan a sober ride home from any alcohol infused celebrations.