Recently, I read an article in the San Diego News that since September 20, nine fatal auto accidents have resulted in eleven deaths. In at least five, alcohol or drugs appear to have played a factor in the accident. These types of tragedies are repeated, over and over again, across our nation.
“The problem is young drivers are inexperienced, they are not aware of what their vehicles can do and they have a feeling of immortality.”
Teens think “I’m fine. I can drive.” They don’t understand how even the smallest amount of alcohol or drugs can impair reflexes, reaction time, even visual acuity. Coffee, a cold shower, or fresh air are not sufficient to sober up a drunk. How many times have we heard about an alcohol- related accident and believe it to be the definitive wake up call, only to find it short-lived? A classmate or friend is seriously injured or killed; everyone stops drinking and driving; a month later the dangerous conduct and its tragic consequence repeat themselves.
How can teens (or anyone else, for that matter) stop a friend from drinking then driving? Here are a few steps to keep a friend, and others, alive:
1. Talk with your friends before they go out; select a designated driver, arrange for a sober driver to pick you up, or carry extra cash for a cab or public transportation.
2. Politely, but firmly, tell your intoxicated friend that you cannot let them drive home because you care.
3. Drive your friend home.
4. If you can’t drive your friend home, call a cab.
5. Have your friend sleep over; staying where you are is a good way to keep a friend from drinking and driving.
6. Take your friend’s keys away.
It is hard to imagine yourself or someone close to you being seriously injured or killed in a drunk driving accident; think about potential outcomes; stop yourself and/or your friends from drinking, then getting behind the wheel of an automobile..
Lawsuit Financial, the pro-justice lawsuit funding company, hopes that whatever you do you won’t give in to the peer pressure of drinking and driving, and won’t let your friends either. You are responsible for your own actions and decisions. Choose wisely by acting responsibly. Now is the time – stop yourself; stop a friend – now and forever. Please, don’t drink and drive. We are not saying that you won’t drink; we are saying not to drink and drive. We can’t turn back the hands of time and “take back” tragic events. Please, don’t become a statistic by acting irresponsibly behind the wheel.