It’s the holiday season and it’s time to celebrate!
You would never drive while you were drunk, but would you drive if you just had one drink?
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Warns Against it
The 2015 pre-holiday campaign warns all drivers that buzzed driving is the same as drunk driving—and that you could end up dead even if you aren’t legally drunk. While the legal definition of drunk driving means that you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, the effects of drunk driving and buzzed driving may be the same.
Accordingly, all drivers are being encouraged to:
- Designate a sober driver—somebody who has not been drinking at all. Before you go to a party, gathering, or bar you should know who your designated driver is. If a sober driver is not available, then take a taxi or public transportation.
- NOT drive if they’ve had anything to drink. You cannot accurately gauge your own BAC based on the amount you had to drink. There are too many variables such as your body weight and the amount of food you have eaten to accurately estimate your BAC.
- Look out for others. Do not let anyone who has been drinking drive home. Instead, offer an alternative and safe way home.
December is a dangerous time on our nation’s roads and here at home in Atlanta. Drunk driving is a significant cause of motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and deaths every December.
Do Not Become a Statistic
Do not take an unnecessary risk that could cost you, or someone else, their life. Instead, only drive when you have not been drinking and make sure that you have a sober ride home so that you can enjoy the holidays, and 2016, with your family and friends.