All too often, we hear of someone who has been injured or killed because they have either been drunk behind the wheel, or they have been in an accident with a drunk driver. Drinking and driving is a leading cause of death in the United States, especially with young people who have not yet learned how to drink responsibly. But, you can help to cut down on the number of drinking and driving incidents, simply by being a good friend. Here are some things you can do.
1. Be Assertive
Sometimes, you just have to come out and ask someone if they really are okay to drive. Often, people will tell you that they are, but other times, they will sit back and take a look at the situation and see that they indeed are too drunk to drive. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends if they are okay to drive.
2. Get Friends Together
If you can’t talk your friend out of drinking and driving, it is time to gang up on them. Gather other friends together, and get them to help convince your friend that they really are too drunk to drive.
3. Keep Them Drinking
While this may sound strange, if you keep buying drinks, they will stick around long enough for the cab or other ride you have called to arrive. Then, all you have to do is tell them that their ride is there, and they will get home safely without any arguments (most of the time).
4. Plan For Transportation
If you are hosting a party, plan to have transportation for all of your guests. Let them know in advance, and they can take a taxi, bus, etc. to your place rather than driving. Then, there will be no temptation for them, and they will definitely make it home alive and well.
5. Take Their Keys
“There are times when a person who has been drinking just isn’t going to listen, and will insist that they are sober enough to drive. Take it from me, they are in no place to reason their way out of a DUI,” says Grant Scheiner from the Scheiner Law Group. You know better, and you don’t want anything to happen to them or to anyone else. In cases where someone is being this stubborn, sometimes your only option is to take away their car keys. Often, you can trick them into handing over their keys, simply by asking to borrow their car to go on a beer or pizza run.
6. Be A Designated Driver
If you are not planning on drinking, you can offer to be a designated driver for everyone you are out with who is. Everyone can have a great time and drink as much as they want, and you will make sure that they all make it home safe and sound.
7. Call Them A Cab
There is usually that one person who drinks way too much at a party, and then proceeds to drive everyone crazy. This is when it is time for them to leave. Instead of letting them drive, make sure that they get home safely by calling a taxi for them. If they don’t have money for a cab, pay for it yourself. It is a small price to pay to keep your friends alive.
8. Let Them Sleep Over
One of the absolute best ways to keep your friends from drinking and driving is to offer them a place to sleep it off for the night. Let them crash at your place so they can sober up before they drive home. If they argue, offer an incentive, such as a tasty meal that they will want to stay to enjoy.
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