Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving

The Fourth of July holiday is probably the biggest celebration of the summer.  We finally have warm weather, everyone is out of school, and nearly everyone has the day off – a perfect day for a party!  The day often ends with fireworks and the mad dash on the roads to get back home.  With so many people driving on the Fourth, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and The Ad Council want to remind us all that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.

If you plan to drink while celebrating this holiday, make sure you have a plan in place BEFORE you go out.

  • Designate a driver for the evening.  The designated driver should not be the least drunk person in your group.  The designated driver just shouldn’t drink alcoholic beverages that night.
  • If no one in your group wants to step up as DD for the night, make sure you have the number of a local cab company already programmed into your phone.  Don’t take the chance that you’ll remember it or have quick access to a phone book while you’re out.

If you don’t plan to drink this weekend, please keep your eyes open for others who are.  If you see someone that has likely had one too many drinks to drive safely, take their keys and get them home another way.  Sure, they might get upset with you, but that’s so much better than losing a friend.

Be responsible this holiday weekend.  Plan ahead and don’t drive if you are impaired.  Call 9-1-1 if you see someone on the road who should not be driving.  Remember, buzzed driving IS drunk driving!

One Comment to “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving”

  1. This is great advice! My husband is a state trooper and believe me, law enforcement is more than happy to get you off the road if you’re drinking…and they’d definitely rather you just not drive after drinking if it means keeping you from crashing and killing/hurting yourself or others.

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