Drinking And Driving?

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Inline imageThe statistics are as familiar as they are depressing. According to traffic police, an estimated many  people died in alcohol-impaired traffic crashes . And a staggering 3 of 10 Ethiopians will be involved in an alcohol-related accident in their lives.
The statistics are as familiar as they are depressing. According to traffic police, an estimated many  people died in alcohol-impaired traffic crashes . And a staggering 3 of 10 Ethiopians will be involved in an alcohol-related accident in their lives. But the statistics don't do justice to the pain and loss suffered by drunk driving victims and their families – the parents who have lost children, husbands and wives who have lost their spouses, kids who have lost their parents.
So what are some things you can do to prevent drinking and driving? 
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When Drinking Alcohol

Be responsible.
Choose a designated driver. Decide who's going to be doing the driving before you go out, and make sure that person doesn't drink any alcoholic beverages.
Call a taxi. Sometimes even the designated driver slips. If nobody in your group is sober, take alternate transportation. Cab, train, bus, horse and buggy – anything's better than getting in the car with a drunk driver.
Hide keys. Don't be afraid to take someone's car keys. If the person gets angry, it's probably proof you're doing the right thing.

When Throwing a Party

Offer non-alcoholic beverages. Water, juice, soda pop – give your guests plenty of alternatives. And never pressure guests to drink alcohol.
Serve plenty of food. A full stomach can slow the rate of alcohol absorption. Serve a great meal or have plenty of appetizers on hand.
Stop serving alcohol well before the party ends. Give your guests an extra hour or two without alcohol before they head out the door.
Arrange alternate transportation. Pay attention to your guests' alcohol intake and behavior. If someone has had a lot to drink or seems even the slightest bit tipsy, call a taxi or set up a ride with a sober driver.
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Detecting Drunk Drivers

Law enforcement officials say there are several signs associated with drunk driving:
  • Making wide turns
  • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
  • Almost striking an object or vehicle
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving at a very slow speed
  • Stopping without cause
  • Braking erratically
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Driving after dark with headlights off
Keeping these things in mind can help you avoid a dangerous situation. If you spot what you think is an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and call police. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.
Drink and drive a teen problem?
Teens are curious by nature. Everything seems like an adventure. A teen wants to try everything that they were stopped from doing when they were younger. Soon this includes driving and for many, this also includes trying alcohol. The combination of driving and alcohol can be deadly. And of course, as a teenager, young men and young women think they can make better decisions for themselves. They can take risks, they seem invincible. Until a tragedy occurs. The most severe being a fatality caused by teenage drinking and driving.
 
For some people, alcohol triggers the overconfidence of being able to handle anything, while for some others; allowing or encouraging a drunk person to drive is sheer fun. Driving safety is something that just goes out of the window when under the influence. Statistics of teen drunk driving suggest that a teenage boy with BAC levels of 0.05 percent is 18 times more vulnerable to crash his vehicle than a teenage boy who hasn't consumed alcohol. In girls, this vulnerability increases to 54 times over her non-drinking counterpart.
 
What can you do if you find yourself in a situation involving alcohol and driving? It is important to first educate yourself on the facts of alcohol.
    • Beer is NOT less intoxicating than other types of alcoholic beverages.

 

    • It is illegal for a minor to drink alcohol in our country .

 

    • Cold showers, fresh air and hot coffee do not make you sober. It takes time for the effects of alcohol to be eliminated from your body.

 

    • Food in the stomach only delays the absorption of alcohol; it does not keep you sober.

 

    • Teenagers are cited as the most important variable related to crash risk.

 

    • Teens are more likely to alcohol-induced impairment of their driving skills. Drinking drivers 16 to 20 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as drinking drivers 21 and older.

 

    • Young drivers are inexperienced not only in driving but in drinking and in the combination of the two activities.

 

Pay attention to the messages you hear regarding driving under the influence. As much as peer pressure can have a negative influence, it can have a positive influence too. It is unsafe to drive while under the influence. It has been reported, if a passenger tells a teen driver not to drink, the drive is more likely to honor the request.
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Be aware of your own behavior as well as your friends.
If one of your friends has been drinking and shouldn't drive, don't let them. They could hurt themselves or others and maybe just a little persuasion from you could mean the difference between life and death.
 
You could also suggest that you or a sober friend drive your alcohol-impaired friend home. His/her car can always be picked up at another time. Suggest that your impaired friend stay overnight in your home. This may sound inconvenient, but you could be saving your friend's, or someone else's life. Have your friend taken home in a taxi. Pay for the ride yourself. It's hard to object to a free ride. Whatever you do, don't give in. Friends don't let friends drink and then drive. In the morning, you'll have a safer and maybe an even closer friend.
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1. If there’s a chance you may drink alcohol, always leave your vehicle at home
If you are going out for a drink, always leave your vehicle at home. Remember it only takes one or two drinks to push you over the limit. While this tip may seem obvious, many people tend to ignore it for the temporary convenience of making a quicker outward journey. After a few drinks, however, the prospect of travelling home via public transport or waiting for a taxi may not seem so appealing, and that’s when people get into problems.
Of course, there are plenty of alternative ways to get home. Rather than wait for a taxi, try to book one in advance. If using public transport, check the schedules ahead of time so you don’t have to hang around at the bus stop or on the station platform. You may also want to consider staying at a friend’s place overnight or arranging a lift with a friend who hasn’t been drinking.
2. Appoint a designated driver
Going out with friends provides another good way to avoid drink driving by appointing a ‘designated driver’ for the group.
3. Do not consume alcohol
 Consequently, if you drive after drinking only a minimal amount of alcohol you are taking a huge risk. The simplest way to avoid being over the limit therefore is to abstain completely from drinking alcohol.
4. Do not rely on sobering-up tricks
‘Sobering up’ tricks do not work. Drinking five pots of coffee and taking a frigid shower will have no impact on the level of alcohol in your body. It will just make you cold and need to visit a bathroom more regularly. And no, sucking on copper 1p or 2p coins doesn’t work either… Time is the only way to get the alcohol out of your system and you could still be over the legal limit many hours after drinking.
5. Watch the clock
After you drink, you should wait a long time before you drive. Remember if you drink heavily the night before you drive, your ability to drive may be impaired when you awake, even if you feel relatively sober. Make sure you wait a suitable amount of time after drinking before you get behind a wheel again. If you’re in any doubt regarding your sobriety, don’t chance it.
6. Do not drink on an empty stomach
The amount of food in your stomach will increase the rate of alcohol absorption and decrease the amount of time you need to avoid driving after drinking.
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7. Think!
Whatever you do, think! Always remember the risks and penalties of drink driving. Drinking alcohol impairs your ability to drive and the legal consequences of a drink driving conviction are severe and long-lasting. You could face up to 14 years imprisonment, an unlimited fine, and a maximum  life time driving ban.
Last modified on Friday, 06 March 2015 12:09
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