Keeping New Jersey’s roads free from impaired drivers starts with all of us. Not only does getting a DUI charge mean a lot of headache and expense, it is also very dangerous for everybody.
It is always good to have a plan in place to prevent drunk driving. Sometimes, you may need to encourage others to give up their keys. According to MADD, stopping a friend or family member from drunk driving involves planning ahead and a good approach to prevent confrontation.
A common plan to prevent drunk driving is to make sure that there is a designated driver with the group. This person will stay sober and take charge of making sure that everybody gets home safely. Another good tip is to make sure that you have the number of a local taxi company on hand. No matter how expensive a taxi home is at the end of the night, it will never be as expensive as a DUI charge. Rideshare apps provide the same benefit.
If you are trying to talk somebody out of drunk driving, remember to keep your voice calm. You may need to speak slower than normal, owing to the other person’s impairment. You can offer to have the person stay at your house, if this is the most logical thing to do. It is also wise to get the help of another friend or family member to act as backup.
Preventing drunk driving is a responsibility that we all share. Make sure to keep your intoxicated friends and family members from getting behind the wheel.