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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Man with a beer in his hand reaching for keys, while someone tries to stop him

This week on the Vista del Rey Blog, we’re helping you stay safe by inviting everyone in our apartment community to observe National Impaired Driving Prevention Month! According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the holidays are "one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to an increase in impaired driving." Because of that, we’re reminding you of a few practices you can recommit to observe this month. As you attend various celebrations serving alcohol, these tips will keep yourselves, as well as anyone else driving on Tacoma, WA roads, safe this holiday season.

Choose a Designated Driver

Before you leave the house for any holiday parties, choose a designated driver who has chosen beforehand not to drink any alcohol that night. This may seem inconvenient, as you may have to arrange a carpool, but doing so will protect both your own life as well as the lives of other drivers. Choosing a designated non-drinking driver means you have to plan ahead, but trust us, you’ll be grateful you did.

Use Another Form of Transportation

While driving might seem like the most convenient option for all your holiday plans, if you know you’ll be consuming any alcohol, there are plenty of other options to get where you need to go. Check public transportation schedules to see if there is a bus nearby that takes you where you want to go. If there isn’t, consider using a ride service like Uber or Lyft to take you to and from your event. It might cost you a little bit of extra time or money to use an alternative form of transportation, but you won’t regret it when you wake up safe in your bed the next morning.

Detect and Report Drunk Drivers

Since you can’t personally ensure that all drives will be sober this month, it is important to be able to spot drunk drivers on the road. If you see a driver who is taking abnormally long at a stop light, making overly-wide turns, braking too often, driving with their lights off in the dark, driving on the wrong side of the road, or getting close to hitting cars or other objects, there’s a decent chance that they are driving under the influence. If you spot a drunk driver, make sure you are not in harm’s way, pull over, and report them to 9-1-1. It would be easy to just turn down a different street and avoid them, but by calling the police, you could be saving someone’s life.

 

We hope these tips helped you to know how you can personally prevent impaired driving this holiday season. Thanks for reading our post today!