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Every 51 minutes, someone is killed from alcohol-impaired driving in the United States (NHTSA).

Mike’s Conscience – BeSmarterThanThat.com

Most of us don’t drink and drive.

We can save lives by intervening to stop others from driving impaired. Together, we can prevent impaired driving.

In 2015, 415 people died in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in North Carolina, which is more than one person per day (NCDOT).

 

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What can I do?

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:

 

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Offer non-alcoholic beverages.
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Serve plenty of food.
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Collect keys as people arrive and never give keys to someone who is intoxicated.
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Have a responsible bartender.
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Stop serving alcohol long before the event ends.
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In the invitation to the event, include taxi numbers or options of sleeping over, to make it clear from the beginning that anyone drinking will not drive.
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Before the event, download a ride share app and/or save multiple taxi numbers in your phone contacts.
How to Intervene?

See someone attempting to drive impaired? Be the brave hero, intervene. Speak up. Try these…

 

Be insistent.

“You’re too drunk to drive. I’m calling you a ride.”

Relate to previous experience.

“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”.

One word: Checkpoint.

“My buddy told me there’s a checkpoint tonight. You better crash here or get a ride share”.

Use a story.

“My friend got a DUI and lost his license and his job. I’m calling you a taxi”.

Relate that you care.

“I care about you and don’t want to see you wrapped around a tree.”

Take away their keys.

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.

How do drugs affect driving?
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Marijuana

Slow reaction time, decrease coordination, loss of attention to the road, difficulty judging time and distance.

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Stimulants (Cocaine, amphetamines)

Aggressive, reckless driving, increased tendencies to take risks, confusion, difficulty concentrating, impaired vision and coordination.

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Benzodiazepines

Dizziness, and drowsiness, lack of coordination, altered perceptions, impaired memory, and slower reaction time.

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Opiates

Slow reaction time, reduced coordination, drowsiness, mental confusion, visual impairment.

Drug impaired driving

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.

Drug Driving Campaign

For information and resources about drug addiction, visit the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services.

In 2014, there were 1,342 crashes, 21 fatalities, and 753 injuries in North Carolina resulting from drugged driving (NCDOT).
In 2010, drugs other than alcohol were involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths (NHTSA).
Resources

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