Whether you’re at a holiday party, a New Year’s Eve bash at a bar or reveling with friends, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council are reminding everyone that the best way to stay safe on the roads is to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you head out for your festivities.

Last year, approximately 10,500 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Historically, holiday periods have shown higher incidences of alcohol-impaired driving crashes.

stay safe on the roadsHere are 7 ways to stay safe on the roads this holiday:

  • Use one of our fun, holiday-themed posters on your blog or Facebook page
  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely
  • Use your community’s sober ride program
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement
  • Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you know people who are about to drive or ride with someone who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Stay safe on the roads with a ‘Designated Driver Drink List’

One of the most important things you can do before going out is designate a sober driver. If you’re throwing a party, make sure to offer non-alcoholic drinks for the sober drivers. We’ve compiled a Facebook tab with 50 non-alcoholic party drink recipes.

Stay safe on the roads with an ‘Alternative Ride Locator’

We’ve created a Facebook tab with a list of nationwide alternative ride programs that can help you stay safe on the roads.

stay safe on the roadsBuzzed Driving is Drunk Driving website — You can sign a pledge not to drink and drive; play “Spot the Difference,” an interactive game that simulates the effects of buzzed driving; and watch a real-life video about how buzzed driving changed one woman’s life.

This holiday season, let’s work together to put an end to buzzed driving. Don’t ruin the holidays and the end of the year with a DUI — or worse. 

A new year is coming up — do your part to lower the number of alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes in 2012! Ring in the New Year and stay safe on the roads.

Stay safe on the roads during the holiday festivities and remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

If your answer to the question, “am I an alcoholic?” is a big yes, perhaps you should consider taking it easy when it comes to driving.


 

Pat WymanPat Wyman is the best selling author of  Instant Learning for Amazing GradesLearning vs. Testing, CEO and founder of HowToLearn.com . and the creator of the Personal Learning Styles Inventory.

Wyman encourages you to go to the Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving website for more information on how to stay safe on the roads.