My Friend Is Drunk and Wants to Drive, What Should I Do?
Approximately 28 Americans are fatally injured each day in accidents involving an intoxicated driver.
There were roughly 10,200 deaths in 2015 attributed to drunk driving, making up nearly 30% of all roadway fatalities. Approximately 1.1 million people were arrested for DUI in 2015. This data clearly shows the importance of preventing those who are intoxicated from getting behind the wheel. If you’re out with a friend who is drinking, don’t let him (or her) drive home!
Oklahoma’s DUI Facts
Oklahoma was among a few states in 2016 that ranked well below the national average for drunk-driving deaths. Although this is encouraging, DUIs are still are large proportion of overall traffic deaths here. Statewide, 83% of the people killed in DUI-related incidents were males. Roughly 68% of those killed were not wearing a seat belt at the time.
Preventing a Friend from Driving Drunk
There may be times when a family member, friend, or coworker has had too much to drink to be driving. People under the influence are more likely to make poor decisions, and you may be the last opportunity to prevent a crash, arrest, or even save a life.
Convincing a friend not to drive drunk can be difficult (and socially awkward), as the driver may be under the false notion that he is “fine.”
The best solution? Plan ahead by proactively making alternative arrangements when you know you will be drinking. Here are some options:
- Be the designated driver. Perhaps next time, another member of your group can assume this role for everyone’s safety.
- Pay to get the person home safely, and provide him/her a ride back to their car the next day.
- Take public transportation available, such as buses, subways, light rail, etc.
- Choose a destination with taxi availability.
- Use a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft.
- Encourage the person to stay overnight and leave the next morning.
- Ask other friends to assist in encouraging the individual not to drive.
- If you have to, get the police involved. Better to have an angry friend than a dead one.
On the flipside, if you or a friend is seriously injured in a vehicle accident with a drunk driver, you may be able to pursue significant financial compensation. Contact Car Accident Help today at (405) 285-4357 for a free consultation.
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