Drinking and Driving

Drinking and driving is the number one killer of teenagers in America. Because of it, the teenage group is the only age group who?s number of deaths are increasing instead of decreasing. Outright denying teens of alcohol doesn?t work. That just makes young adults want alcohol even more. What?s sad about drinking under the influence cases is that every one of them could have been easily prevented. So, if you cannot deny adolescences of alcohol, why not just educate them on simple precautions that can be taken to prevent drinking and driving.

One of the best and oldest ways to stop drinking under the influence is having a designated driver. It?s not a hard thing to do. Just asking someone responsible to accompany you to a party (or whatever it may be) in which you know there will be alcohol. If you don?t know if there will be alcoholic beverages served, take a responsible friend anyway just to make sure.

Another good way to keep yourself from being a DUI case is to clear out your car of anything distracting. When you?re drunk, simple things can give you an incredible amount of entertainment. So, clean out your car from fuzzy dice, cellular phones, anything that can distract you. Studies show that just by doing this, your chance of having an accident can be decreased by over 25%.

So, you?re already at the party and drinking beer. What can you do? For starters, you can try eating high protein food like meat, cheese, and peanuts. Foods that are rich in protein can help absorb alcohol faster. Another thing you can do is drink slowly. Take a sip every now and then. If you drink a gulp, you don?t get to savor the taste and aroma. Also, you tend to drink a lot more than what you can take.

What if you?re the person who?s throwing the party and serving the alcohol? Well, try to be the least bit responsible and help your fellow friends out. Before you let someone into your party, ask him or her to hand in their keys. No keys, no admittance. Doing this will prevent drinkers from ever using that car that night. What if someone refuses? Just don?t let them in. If that person gets into an accident after the party, you will probably be held responsible for serving the beverages. Serving food first before drinks is also a good idea. As explained before, food helps the body absorb alcohol better. Furthermore, always respect a person?s choice not to drink. That person can be a designated driver. If not, he or she isn?t a "sissy," they?re just trying to play it cautious.

So, you?ve made it through the night. You had only a few drinks so your senses are just barley impaired. What about everyone else who had a bit more than they should have? Well, if you haven?t taken their keys already, the best thing to do is to avoid drunk drivers. Here are some visual cues that have a good probability that the person behind the wheel is drunk.
Turning With Wide Radius
Straddling Center or Lane Marker
Appearing to be Drunk
Almost Striking Object or Vehicle
Driving on Other Than Designated Roadway
MP Below Limit

If you see anyone giving one or more of those visual cues, watch out. They have more than a 65% chance of being influenced by alcohol.

So, even though you probably knew how to party hardy, now you know how to party safe.