Plan a Sober Ride this Holiday Season

This holiday season, Bosque County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Watch UR BAC program to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it’s essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the event. This holiday, as you head out for a night of merrymaking, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

According to NHTSA, Texas lost 1,438 people in alcohol impaired driving crashes, which is 38 percent of all the crashes that occurred. The holidays prove to be extra dangerous to drivers, as more people —drivers and pedestrians alike — are out on the roads.

Drinking and driving should never be combined. It’s essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, or of other pedestrians or drivers and passengers nearby.

This holiday season, Bosque County Extension Service and Watch UR BAC urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.

Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads:

  • First: Plan ahead. You know whether you’ll attend a party, therefore if you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously — your friends are relying on you.
  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • See someone who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and decide to get them home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone, they’ll thank you later.

Remember to play it safe this holiday season and always plan your sober ride before the festivities begin. If you are buzzed, do not drive — Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

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