Say No to Drinking and Driving

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By Anna Valdez
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DISCLAIMER: This article is not, in any way, intended to promote drinking or any other drug use.

If you are planning a night out with friends this weekend, it is always important to be responsible. There is a reason commercials advertising alcohol products emphasize drinking responsibly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 people in the United States die everyday in motor vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver; this means approximately one death every 50 minutes. Access to technology is greater than ever, so there is no excuse to be an irresponsible driver.

Here are some great resources and tips that can help save lives, prevent injuries and deaths:

Go with Lyft.

Transportation apps such as Lyft are a great resource for a night out on the town while at the same time ensuring a safe ride for all. Gif by Anna Valdez.

With safety as their top priority, Lyft is just one of the many on-demand transportation companies with top credentials. According to its website, Lyft has a multitude of safety features designed to keep everyone in the vehicle safe and sound. Lyft has a Critical Response Line where a team of Trust & Safety members are available around the clock to help in a variety of situations. Additionally, Lyft requires all drivers to be screened for professional DMV and background checks before they are permitted to drive. Lyft also sets a standard for vehicles, a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for Lyft drivers, two-way ratings for both passengers and drivers and an insurance protection plan. For more information on Lyft’s safety policies and other topics or to contact them directly, visit their website.

Assign a designated driver.

Part of planning a night out should come with assigning a designated driver. This person is essentially in charge of driving the whole group back home safely and should be completely sober in doing so. However, in the case where everyone plans on drinking, schedule a Lyft or Uber ahead of time so everyone can enjoy the night and not have to worry about how they are getting home.

SaferRide Mobile App.

As mentioned earlier, technology is right in the palm of our hands and there are apps catered to preventing drinking and driving. SaferRide, for instance, is a mobile app that was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a way of keeping drunk drivers off the road. According to the description, too drunk to drive means too drunk for complicated apps, which is why the app features a basic interface, free from complication. On the Home screen, there are three self-explanatory request buttons: “Get Taxi,” “Call Friend,” and “Where Am I?” Clicking the “Get Taxi” button allows the user to call and choose from a list of nearby available taxi services. “Call friend” allows the user to call a pre-programmed contact, such as a friend or a family member. Lastly, in the case where the user does not know where they are, the “Where Am I?” button can bring up a map of your current location. For more information, visit NHTSA website.

Know your limit.

Knowing your limit should be a no-brainer, but there are still many people who do not his or her limit. Part of being a responsible drinker is knowing how many drinks is too many, and not wanting to reach the point where you lose control. If peer-pressure becomes an issue know how to say no. You are not obligated to drink if you don’t want to drink. It is important to keep track of your own drinking, whether you make a note of it on your hand or through an app on your phone. Moreover, just because someone else is drinking more than you and still seems fine, doesn’t mean your body will react the same. Everybody has different body types and limits. Be responsible and if you don’t know your limit, look it up!

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