Preventing Substance Impaired Driving and Child Endangerment

canceled outright, requiring the purchase of new insurance at even higher rates. Any person insured under the same policy as the offender may also have difficulty obtaining new insurance. This is true even if you are separated from the offender. Along with legal and financial consequences, there are social and emotional consequences to substance impaired driving. When a crash occurs, people are often killed or injured. Furthermore, families, friends, and even entire communities are affected by these crashes. Often those who caused the crash are left with feelings of grief, regret, and exclusion. The crash may strain or even sever relationships with those they are close to. Taking Action By being aware of alternatives and options, you may be able to have an impact on the problem. Not only are there options you can recommend, there are courses of action you can take if you are concerned about the

safety of your friend or loved one. Some of the recommendations may seem extreme, however, remember you are trying to keep someone you care about safe and alive.

You can make a difference.

Designate a Driver One simple and effective alternative to substance impaired driving is to develop a plan before leaving home. Selecting a non- drinking designated driver, a person who agrees not to drink alcohol or use other drugs, will help everyone get home safely. The designated driver is selected before

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