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This Saturday’s St. Patrick’s day will be a time of celebration for many; but with some spending hours consuming alcohol, there is a danger for the holiday to turn deadly. While AAA East Central and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety want everyone to have fun, it is important to do so with safety in mind. Planning ahead to avoid DUI can keep you and others around you safe.
“Not only can driving under the influence result in devastating crashes, but a conviction can weigh heavily on your pocketbook,” says Theresa Podguski, AAA East Central Director of Legislative Affairs. “Alcohol and driving should never mix, and simple steps taken before a celebration can go a long way towards keeping you and everyone around you safe.”
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) encourages motorists to plan a ride ahead of time.
“Alcohol not only dangerously impairs your driving skills – it impairs your judgment. Don’t wait until you’ve been drinking to find a sober driver,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter. “Drunken driving crashes are 100 percent preventable if drivers celebrate responsibly.”
Tips for avoiding DUI:
- Make transportation arrangements before you head out for the night. Some options include;
- Designate a driver.
- Take a cab, or a ride share.
- Utilize local public transit.
- Rent a hotel room or stay overnight where you are.
- If hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic drinks to designated drivers. If possible, provide overnight accommodations to guests who’ve been drinking.
- Take the car keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink.
- Commit to never driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- If you suspect a driver is under the influence, stay as far behind their vehicle as possible and as soon as it’s safe to do so, pull over and call 911.
- Since you can’t control the actions of other drivers on the road, the best protection is to buckle up every time you get into a vehicle.
AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 80 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members. News releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.