Friends don't let friends drive drunk.


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Be a Designated Driver!

 


Recognizing Drunk Drivers:

A driver may be intoxicated if he or she
exhibits any of the following behavior:

1. Fails to stay in lane or weaves from
one lane to next.

2. Drives without headlights at night.
3. Drives erratically -- stops, turns, swerves
suddenly or reacts slowly.
4. Narrowly avoids hitting objects
or other vehicles.
5. Keeps windows open in cold or
inclement weather.
6. Signaling that is inconsistent with
driving actions.
7. Driving slower than 10 mph below
the speed limit.
8. Accelerating or decelerating quickly.
9. Turning with wide radius.
10. Signaling that is inconsistent with
driving actions.
11. Slow response to traffic signals.
12. Stopping without cause in traffic lane.
13. Turning abruptly or illegally.
14. Braking erratically.
15. Driving into oncoming traffic.
16. Stopping inappropriately other than
in a traffic lane.

Alcohol is a major killer on our roads.
About one half of all traffic deaths
are alcohol related.



Effects of alcohol:

In Wisconsin, the BAC legal limit
is 0.08 percent, which is also
the level at which all drivers, even
experienced drivers, are impaired with
respect to critical driving skills.


Visual problems

Alcohol can cause double or multiple
vision and blurring.

It also reduces peripheral vision, making
it difficult to see vehicles approaching
from the right.

Loss of concentration
Drinking may cause drowsiness.
When alertness decreases, the chances
of having an accident increase.

Slowed reaction time
Drinking slows reflexes and hinders
coordination.

Drivers who can't react quickly are a
hazard to themselves and others.

Poor judgment
Alcohol acts like an anesthetic, dulling
areas of the brain that enable people
to make sensible decisions.

Risks of Alcohol
People fail to recognize alcohol's
handicapping effects.

Some drinkers mistakenly think that
alcohol improves their driving ability.

People foolishly believe that coffee,
a cold shower, exercise or fresh air
can sober them up.

Time is the only way to sober up.
Some people lack experience as drivers.

The result may be unpredictable driving
behavior when they are drunk, possibly
leading to tragedy.

People don't realize that beer and wine are
just as potent as hard liquor.

12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine and 1.5 oz.
of 80 proof liquor all contain the same
amount of alcohol.



The Party:

I went to a party, Mom,
I remembered what you said.

You told me not to drink, Mom,
so I drank soda instead

I really felt proud inside, Mom,
the way you said I would.

I didn't drink and drive, Mom,
even though the others said
I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom,
I know you are always right.

Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
as everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car, Mom,
I knew I'd get home in one piece.

Because of the way you raised
me, so responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, Mom,
but as I pulled out into the road,

the other car didn't see me, Mom,
and hit me like a load.

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
I hear the policeman say

the other guy is drunk, Mom,
and now I'm the one who will pay.

I'm lying here dying, Mom...
I wish you'd get here soon.

How could this happen to me, Mom?
My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom,
and most of it is mine.

I hear the medic say, Mom,
I'll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom,
I swear I didn't drink.

It was the others, Mom.
The others didn't think.

He was probably at the
same party as I.

The only difference is,
he drank and I will die.

Why do people drink, Mom?
It can ruin your whole life.

I'm feeling sharp pains now.
Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
and I don't think it's fair.

I'm lying here dying and
all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.
Tell Daddy to be brave.

And when I go to heaven, Mom,
put "Daddy's Baby" on my grave.

Someone should have told him,
Mom, not to drink and drive.

If only they had told him, Mom,
I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
I'm becoming very scared.

Please don't cry for me, Mom.
When I needed you, you were
always there.

I have one last question,
Mom, before I say good bye,

"I didn't drink and drive,
so why am I the one to die?"

This is the end Mom

I wish I could look you in
the eye,
to say these final words,

"I Love you and...Goodbye"

Author Unknown



Don't drink and drive and
don't ride with anyone who
has too much to drink.

If they are a close friend, try and
use a soft, calm approach at first.
Suggest to them that they’ve had
too much to drink and it would be better
if someone else drove or if they
took a cab.


Be calm. Joke about it.
Make light of it.
Try to make it sound like you are
doing them a favor.

If they are a best friend, spouse, or
significant other, tell them that
if they insist on driving, you are
not going with them.
Suggest that you will call someone
else for a ride, take a cab, or walk.

 
Remember, it is usually themselves
and their passengers who are
harmed by drunk drivers.
The risk of collision for drunk
drivers is several hundred times
higher than for a non-drinking
driver.

Every single injury and death
caused by drunk driving is totally
preventable.
Unfortunately, over 20% of all
traffic fatalities in the U.S.
each year are caused by
drunk drivers.
Thus, drunk driving remains a
serious national problem that tragically
affects thousands of victims annually.