We can save lives by intervening to stop others from driving impaired. Together, we can prevent impaired driving.
If you are attending an event involving alcohol, make plans before arriving on a sober ride home – either with a designated driver, a taxi, or a safe ride home app.
If you are hosting an event involving alcohol:
See someone attempting to drive impaired? Be the brave hero, intervene. Speak up. Try these…
“You’re too drunk to drive. I’m calling you a ride.”
“You’re too drunk to drive. We’ve all been there. Other people have stepped in for me to keep me safe. Let me call you a cab”.
“My buddy told me there’s a checkpoint tonight. You better crash here or get a ride share”.
“My friend got a DUI and lost his license and his job. I’m calling you a taxi”.
“I care about you and don’t want to see you wrapped around a tree.”
Sometimes, it takes a little creativity, try one of these tricks:
“I forgot something in your car. Can I see your keys for a minute to get it out?”
“Your car is blocking somebody in. I’ll move it for you.”
“You left your lights on. I’ll turn them off for you.”
“I’m going to make a run to the store for more food and drinks. Let me borrow your car.”
Find a non-drinking ride for him or her. Use a ride share app or call a cab.
Slow reaction time, decrease coordination, loss of attention to the road, difficulty judging time and distance.
Aggressive, reckless driving, increased tendencies to take risks, confusion, difficulty concentrating, impaired vision and coordination.
Dizziness, and drowsiness, lack of coordination, altered perceptions, impaired memory, and slower reaction time.
Slow reaction time, reduced coordination, drowsiness, mental confusion, visual impairment.
Drugged driving is driving under the influence of drugs other than alcohol. Drugs can impair vision, reaction time, judgment, hearing and task processing/accomplishment (EMSA). This impairment can result from prescribed, over-the-counter, or illegal drugs. If you are taking prescriptions, talk to your doctor about any potential impacts on driving abilities.
For information and resources about drug addiction, visit the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services.