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Key recommendations for taming  drunk driving

Key recommendations for taming drunk driving

November 28 | By Rachael

That drinking and driving is a crime carrying stringent penalties is common knowledge. However, despite knowing that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be dangerous, around 28 Americans succumb to motor vehicle crashes every day due to an alcohol-impaired driver.

This works out to a death occurring every 51 minutes. In terms of total number of deaths, 10,265 people died in such accidents occurring due to alcohol-impaired driving in 2015. The distressing part of these statistics is that 16 percent of the deaths of innocent children below 14 years occurred due to an alcohol-impaired driver.

In a way, it is good to book drivers for indulging in drunk driving to ensure public safety. Such punitive measures provide an opportunity for the offender to recognize and acknowledge that he or she has a problem with drinking. Moreover, the experience could deter him or her from committing offenses in future.

The law enforcement agencies were able to arrest nearly 1.1 million drivers in 2015 for ‘driving under the influence’ (DUI) of alcohol or narcotics. Despite such a large number of arrests, the worrying fact is that this is only the tip of the iceberg. The above mentioned statistics represents a minuscule proportion of the Americans indulging in DUI  each year.

Due to these shocking statistics, all states continue to enforce stringent DUI laws and penalties and strive to discourage citizens from committing DUI by drawing up effective prevention measures for adherence. One of the most effective strategies to prevent drunk driving is to plan much ahead of going for activities involving drinking. Since alcohol impairs judgement making and reasoning capacity, it is vital to figure out the way to get back home after the party.

Steps to prevent drunk driving

By implementing easy measures, one can easily reduce the chances of drunk driving. Besides following the below-mentioned prevention measures, it is essential for the users to be aware of the repercussions of DUI for themselves, loved ones and the community:

  • Since even one drink can impair judgement and reasoning capacity, one should avoid riding in a car with a driver suspected to be under the influence of alcohol.
  • Before attending an event where alcohol is likely to be served, one should always designate a sober person to ensure a safe ride home afterwards.

One should also keep the options of calling a taxi, taking public transportation or having someone else drop them home open. Alternatively, one could also put up at a friend’s place for the night or walk home if within reasonable distance or check into a nearby hotel.

  • Party hosts need to include nonalcoholic beverages and stop serving alcohol within the last hour before the party winds up.
  • People under the age of 21 should not be offered or encouraged to drink alcohol as it is not only against the legal norms but also comparatively more dangerous.
  • Since ignition interlock devices on cars have been found to save lives, it is essential to install them to avoid offenses like DUI or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Moreover, these devices can prevent the first-time offenders in repeating offenses. When the alcohol level in the driver’s breath is found beyond a certain blood alcohol count (BAC) (usually 0.02 percent BAC) by such devices, then they prevent the car from starting.
  • One should implement instructional programs on alcohol use in public schools to teach teens the ways to behave responsibly and maintain their own safety around drunk drivers.
  • Parents need to educate their children well before they enter the phase of adolescence about the socioeconomic and legal repercussions of alcohol use. Parents can influence their children in the right direction by setting powerful examples themselves.
  • Consult a doctor to understand other intervention measures.

Seek counseling for alcohol-related problems

Alcohol addiction is a serious disorder that impacts almost every aspect of a user’s life, ranging from health to life.  Depending on the severity of the symptoms and other factors, one can go through a treatment plan. Despite being legal and highly accessible, one can say that no amount of alcohol can be considered safe for drinking.

As such, seeking help for an alcohol addiction is one of the biggest decisions that a person can make. If you or your loved one is fighting alcohol addiction, contact the Colorado Alcohol Addiction Help for guidance on alcohol treatment in Colorado. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-592-9261 or chat online s to know about the finest alcohol addiction treatment centers in Colorado.