This year I'm participating, along with lots of other bloggers, in the Global Influence Buzzed Driving St. Patrick's Day Campaign. I know I'm a day early but I want to get the awareness out now! It's better to be early than late anyways! I'll also be re-posting this tomorrow!
This campaign has two short and simple messages:
• Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you leave for your event.
• Be ready to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi. Have the phone number of a taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.
That's it and it's that simple! They aren't telling you not to have fun. They are just reminding people to be safe. I would like to add a few more:
Volunteer to be DD (designated driver). I've done it before. You usually get free food and free non-alcoholic drinks along with huge admirers for doing it.
Encourage your friends not to drive if they are drunk.
Here's a few staggering stats that might show the importance of this campaign: On St. Patrick’s Day 2009, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Even if you will not be celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day, keep in mind that in 2009, 1,119 occupants of other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, so pay attention to others on the road. And remember, you don’t have to be “falling down drunk” to be too impaired to drive safely. Even a few drinks can impair driving…and a buzzed driving crash has the same consequences as a drunk driving crash.
Remember: Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving. Don't rely on dumb luck this St. Patrick's Day. Plan ahead and ask your loved ones to do the same.
For more information follow Buzzed Driving on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks! Stay safe and Have fun!