The Designated Driver operates by a very simple concept: One member of a group of two or more pledges to drink only non-alcoholic beverages, and provides safe and sober transportation home for companions. The agreement should be ironclad and put into use even if your friends have only one or two drinks.
The Designated Driver is not a social excuse for other occupants of a vehicle to use alcohol irresponsibly or excessively.
Becoming a Designated Driver is the only way people can be assured that there is always a driver with a 0.00 BAC; that is, NO alcohol contained in the blood of the driver.
We’re especially vulnerable during holidays. Just as office parties, family gatherings, and friendly get-togethers go hand-in-hand with the annual festivities, often alcohol consumption is an integral part of these festivities. But don’t be complacent – drinking and driving is unacceptable at any time of the year!
Here are some other helpful designated driver tips:
- When hosting a holiday party, plan ahead and see that designated drivers are recruited before the party begins. And have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages on hand.
- Talk to bar and restaurant owners about establishing their own designated driver programs.
- Be a leader. Spread the word among your friends and colleagues that the designated driver idea saves lives!
If all the motorists on the road were designated drivers, there would be far fewer DUI injuries and fatalities. But that’s not realistic. So, watch out for the other driver!
Remember that many drugs other than alcohol can also impair driving ability. Use a designated driver should one be needed those times as well.
Let the Designated Driver be the Life of the Party so you all arrive alive!