You’re enjoying a night at the club with your friends one someone says they want to go somewhere else. They can barely keep their balance, and you can tell they’re drunk at a glance. You know they’re not safe to drive, but you’re not sure what can you do to stop a drunk driver.
Appoint a Designated Driver
If you’re at all worried about someone driving drunk, you should appoint a designated driver. Choose someone who is okay with not drinking but would still like to go out. If you only have one car, nobody will be tempted to drive drunk. Additionally, many bars offer complimentary soft drinks to designated drivers. Just ask the bartender!
Call a Rideshare
If you’re not driving or you’re afraid someone is over their limit, you might consider calling an Uber or Lyft to pick them up. A rideshare driver will ensure your friend get home without getting behind the wheel.
If someone who is obviously drunk gets up to leave the building, try talking to them. Insist they stay a while longer and that they drink some water. An inebriated person is more likely to hesitate and consider your suggestions.
If a drunk person insists on driving home, consider telling them why you’re looking out for them. Let them know that you care about them and don’t want them to get hurt in a crash.
When all else fails, try getting others involved. Encourage the rest of your group to chime in. Peer pressure can be an effective way of preventing drunk driving. If the bar isn’t too busy, you might get the bartender or the bouncer involved.
Stopping a would-be drunk driver from getting behind the wheel can be the difference between life and death. When you are proactive in preventing drunk driving, you’re doing your part to make sure everyone gets home safe.
If you or someone you know suffered serious injuries in a drunk driving accident, you might have a case. If you’d like an Atlanta personal injury attorney from Buddoo & Associates to evaluate your case, please call (404) 800-3755 or send us an email.