According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), driving while intoxicated on drugs and alcohol resulted in more than 1.2 million arrests in 2011. A full third of those arrested and/or convicted of impaired driving are repeat offenders. Statistics collected by the Loyola University Health System tell as story –Of the 963 under-21 drinking drivers killed in crashes, 798 were killed at night.
These statistics show just how important designated drivers really are. In fact, designated drivers and driver programs have increased in popularity as people started to better understand the real consequences of drunk driving or impaired driving. While designated drivers have been proven to work in lowering the number of injuries and deaths linked to drunk driving, some people are still reluctant to volunteer as a designated driver because they feel that it will lessen the amount of fun they will have when out with their friends.
That doesn’t have to be the case.
Have Fun without Drinking
Whether you volunteered to be the designated driver or if you won the privilege through a draw, you don’t have to sacrifice fun in order to fulfill your responsibility toward your friends. Here are some tips on how you can still have fun while being the designated driver:
— Remind yourself why there is a designated driver in the first place, and think of all of the people who will now be safe because of your efforts.
— Many bars and bartenders will comp a few non-alcoholic beverages to designated drivers, so remember to let the bartender know when you arrive.
— If you want to feel more like those who are drinking or don’t want to be questioned constantly about why you are not drinking, order non-alcoholic versions of exotic drinks.
— Being the designated driver is an excellent opportunity to people-watch. You will be surprised about what you can learn about people by watching them while they are drinking.
— Whip out your smartphone and take pictures of candid moments or make short videos of your friends that you can all enjoy the next day.
— Since everyone around you is drinking, you can take the opportunity to do things that you normally can’t or won’t (i.e. sing karaoke, tell jokes you’ve been dying to test out) and you may be viewed as the life of the party.
Why Contact an Attorney?
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, contact the attorneys at Holzer Edwards. We have a team of attorneys that are dedicated to helping individuals and families receive compensation for injuries that could have been avoided with a designated driver. Our lawyers specialize in distracted driving cases, so please give us a call today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.