Preventing Drunk Driving Accidents This New Year’s Eve

Sadly, New Year’s Eve and the holidays are some of the biggest times for car accidents over the course of the year. This is because many people are out enjoying fun with their friends, family and even coworkers and they might not realize that they are too impaired to drive. If you encounter an individual who is too impaired to get behind the wheel of a car, you can do your part to prevent accidents by following these tips.

Your efforts could just save somebody’s life. You need to remember to respond appropriately in a situation like this in order to keep a bad situation from getting worse. Maintaining your own sense of cool and calm during this time can encourage the other driver to forget about getting behind the wheel and can also keep the situation from getting violent or the other individual from becoming too aggressive.

Use a Friend for Moral Support

It is more difficult for an impaired driver to say no to three or more people than one.

Offer Alternative Arrangements

Whether the person sleeps over at your own house or you arrange for a cab, sober driver or public transportation, giving them an alternative option and making it as easy as possible can easily dissuade someone from getting behind the wheel of a car when they are too drunk to drive.

Stay Calm

Being as non-confrontational as possible during this situation should be your goal. Remember that you are talking to someone who has been impaired by the effects of alcohol, so you need to speak more slowly and clearly enunciate and explain your reasoning. Sharing with someone that you are concerned that they may hurt themselves or hurt others may help to address this situation without generating an argument between you and this other individual.

Take the Person’s Keys

As a last resort, you may need to take the person’s keys so that they are not tempted to get behind the wheel of a car. You should only do this when you have tried other methods and it is clear that the driver is not going to listen to you or take into consideration your concerns about safety. Removing their keys takes the opportunity to drive drunk out of the equation entirely but be prepared that the person may react violently. This is why having a friend to support you can assist during this difficult situation.

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