We know what works
NHTSA's Countermeasures That Work recommends effective actions that communities can take to reduce alcohol-impaired driving (Download Report).
Drivers and passengers can
- Designate a sober driver for your group before the drinking begins.
- If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a friend to come get you, stay where you are for the night, or call a cab. Use your phone's apps to find safe rides home. Make the plans in advance, not as you are leaving.
- Never accept a ride with an impaired driver and don't let your friends drive drunk.
- Wear your seat belt; it is your best defense in a crash. Be alert for impaired drivers at night and on weekends.
- Learn more about how alcohol affects your ability to drive (The ABCs of BAC, www.nhtsa.gov/links/sid/ ABCsBACWeb/page2.htm).
- Understand that riding a motorcycle requires greater skills than driving a car, and even low levels of alcohol affect your balance and coordination – two essential riding skills.
- Plan an alternate ride home, in advance.
Call a friend to take you and your bike home or find a place to store your
motorcycle. It is better to leave your bike in a safe place than to have it towed after you are arrested for impaired riding.
- Talk with your teens and explain that .08 BAC laws apply to adult drivers. Before they are 21, drinking alcohol is illegal because of Minimum Drinking Age laws, and driving after consuming any alcohol is illegal because of Zero Tolerance Laws in all States.
- Establish expectations that your teens will never drive impaired or get in a car with an impaired driver. Put a taxi company phone number in their mobile phones or install one of the many phone apps that will find a cab.
- Set a good example by establishing safe driving habits early.
States and communities can
- Conduct high-visibility enforcement programs (Click here) and increase their visibility to broaden their reach. (Increasing Impaired-Driving Enforcement Visibility: Six Case Studies, Download Report). Take advantage of national alcohol media campaigns during Labor Day weekend and in December.
- Work with youth groups, schools, and traffic safety, law enforcement, and public health agencies to explain the consequences of impaired driving and the benefits of choosing good alternatives.
- Compare your State's BAC testing and reporting system to national recommendations, and make administrative improvements as necessary. See State Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Testing and Reporting for Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes: Current Practices, Results, and Strategies, 1997-2009 (Download Report) for practical steps to take.
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