Be Prepared, Don’t Drive Impaired
Crashes involving alcohol are on the rise, as is the number of drivers with marijuana in their system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent National Roadside Survey found 22 percent of weekend drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs. And with 26 states and the District of Columbia legalizing marijuana in some form – and more states likely to follow – that number is only expected to increase.
- Choose a designated driver before you go out.
- Use a ridesharing or local taxi service for a safe ride.
- Stay with a friend or book a nearby hotel room if you are impaired.
- Visit Roadwise Rx to see how your medications affect safe driving.
- Offer non-alcoholic drink options and serve plenty of food.
- Never serve minors.
- Stop serving alcohol well before the party ends.
- Consider using a professional bartender.
- Remind guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver.
- Don’t be afraid to take car keys away from guests who are too impaired to drive.
- Help arrange alternate transportation or accommodations for guests who need it.
- Always wear your seatbelt. Nearly half of all vehicle occupants killed in 2015 were not wearing seat belts, according to NHTSA.
- If you spot someone who appears to be an impaired driver when you are on the road, keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1 if it is safe to do so. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.
- Talk to friends and family about the dangers of impaired driving.
Call your AAA insurance agent or insurance customer service at 877-222-8687, or visit your local AAA Retail Store for more information about auto and home insurance.