Preventing Substance Impaired Driving and Child Endangerment

drinking begins, stays sober, and drives adults who have been drinking home. The designated driver may also pick everyone up so no one

Plan ahead, know how you are getting home safely.

is tempted to drive home after drinking

or taking drugs. It also prevents leaving an unattended car overnight, placing the car owner at risk for a ticket, tow, or vandalism. Plan on Public Transportation If your group does not have a designated driver, you should plan to use public transportation (buses, subways, and trains), if available, taxis, or designated driver service. Most bars and restaurants are more than happy to call a cab for their patrons. Walking home is infinitely more preferable than substance impaired driving. However, all cities have public intoxication statutes that may be enforced if a person appears to be intoxicated in public, and even walking home impaired can be dangerous. Planning for a non-drinking driver is the safest and easiest way to get home. Be Smart at Home When serving alcohol in your home, make a plan for getting guests home safely, before the party starts, and when they are sober and clear-headed. This is a way to resolve issues before anything dangerous happens. If they become belligerent, you can consider hiding the keys, getting someone else to help, or calling the police. Just remember your own safety. Do not do anything that would put you in harm’s way.


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