Saturday, March 12, 2011

Don't Depend on the Luck O' The Irish To Get You Home Safe

I'm not Irish, but I know how to party on St. Patrick's Day. Although it won't be happening this year, I've been known to take vacation days from work and be at the bar at 5:05 in the morning for the beginning of an all-day Irish drinking fest. Always a good time.

On a more serious note, I've seen the consequences of how buzzed driving and drunk driving can affect a person's life. Never a good time.

I've personally seen the devastation and hard times that fall on a person who is either caught driving drunk or involved in an auto accident. Working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, I deal with the harsh realities of what driving while intoxicated can do. It affects people on so many levels.

Even if you will not be celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day, keep in mind that in 2009, 1,119 occupants of other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, so pay attention to others on the road. And remember, you don’t have to be “falling down drunk” to be too impaired to drive safely. Even a few drinks can impair driving…and a buzzed driving crash has the same consequences as a drunk driving crash.

Very simple steps that you can take are to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you leave for your event. Be ready to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi. Have the phone number of a taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.

To learn more information about the impact buzzed driving can have on a life, you can follow Buzzed Driving on Facebook and Twitter.

I received no compensation for this post. It is for informational purposes only. Your opinions and results may differ.


Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Thank you for posting about this-With another major drinking holiday coming up, it's important to remind people to be safe and responsible while drinking and out and about!