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How can I prevent drinking and driving?

Many holiday parties feature great food along with alcoholic beverages. While you want to ensure you and others have a great time, you should also keep in mind the dangers of drinking and driving so you can avoid these problematic behaviors. State Farm offers the following tips in this case, so you can make this holiday season a safe one.

When you’re having a holiday gathering, make sure your guests have a lot of options in terms of beverages. For instance, offer a wide selection of soft drinks along with alcoholic beverages so people don’t feel pressured to imbibe. Also, make sure you serve a good selection of food. This will prevent your guests from becoming too inebriated at your party.

You should also have some alternative methods of transportation available in the even a party goer does become drunk. If you notice a person is inebriated, consider calling a cab or arranging a ride share. Also, encourage guests to have a designated driver. In the worst-case scenario, try to take the keys from your loved one and offer them a place to stay for the night.

Be on the lookout for drunk drivers while on the road. Look for things like swerving, drifting, erratic braking, driving too slowly, driving without lights at night, and driving on the wrong side of the road. If you notice these behaviors keep your distance from the vehicle to prevent being involved in an accident. If you can do so safely, pull over and report the vehicle to law enforcement to prevent others from being hurt.

 

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