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Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is another major cause of motor vehicle crashes and deaths each year. In 2015, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes — one every 51 minutes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Help prevent drunk driving by following these tips.

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins. Once you start drinking, you may not be able to make good decisions.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • If you’re impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to ensure you get home safely. You can also use your community’s sober ride program, if available.
  • Call law enforcement. If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local police.
  • Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you know people who are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

To schedule any of these programs, please call the Trauma Injury Prevention & Outreach Coordinator at 864-560-6839.

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