DON'T DRINK & DRIVE...

 

Here's the 411 for the Under 21 crowd


Alcohol is not a magic potion. It doesn't make you look good, appear cool, or feel courageous. It simply robs you of your mind. You can't leap buildings in a single bound. You probably can't even hurdle the sofa.   Alcohol isn't really all it's cracked up to be.

Did you know:

Over 40% of all the 16-to-20 year olds who died in 1994 were killed in car crashes. And about half of those were alcohol-related.
That's around 2,222 of your classmates, soccer rivals, prom queens, and friends who died because somebody chose to drink and drive.

But this will really blow you away:

The number of intoxicated youth drivers in fatal crashes dropped 14.3% from 1983 to 1994. That's the largest decrease of ANY age group during this time period. And they say you're not listening!

It's easy to get involved. Check some of the cool things going on with MADD and do something.
And remember, you're much more than what you don't drink.


 

 

LEVELS OF IMPAIRMENT CHART
BY BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT

BAC LEVEL

Faculties Impaired

.01

Key driving functions are impaired at levels as low as .02-.04%

.02

 

.03

Decision Reaction Time

.04

Simple Reaction Time and Emergency Response Time

.05

Tracking, Divided Attention, Coordination, Comprehension, Eye Movement

.06

 

.07

 

.08

Concentrated Attention, Speed Control, Braking, Steering, Gear Changing, Lane Tracking, Judgement

.09

 

.10

 

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


 

 

MADD Safe Party Guide

SOCIAL HOST RESPONSIBILITY

Though an unfamiliar term a decade ago, today we recognize this phrase as encompassing everything from planning the party menu to assessing how guests will get home safely once the party is over.

Your role as a responsible party host can prevent your friends and loved ones from becoming the next alcohol-related statistic!

PLANNING A PARTY

As a host, you want your guests to enjoy themselves. Here are a few pointers to ensure that your guests will have fun ... and live to remember it!

 

OFFICE PARTIES

 

Drunk Driving Statistics

15,935 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes in 1998 -- totaling 38.4% of all traffic deaths -- and more than one million others were injured, according to police and medical personnel reports. In 1998, 35.8% of the 6,168 traffic fatalities involving those between the age of 15-20 were alcohol-related.

During the holidays, the percentage of drunk driving crashes typically increases. Last year, 1,644 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic fatalities between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, 220 were killed during the Fourth of July, and 204 were killed during the Memorial Day weekend.

DURING YOUR PARTY

 

MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT ALCOHOL AND DRUNK DRIVING

Myth:

Coffee can sober up someone who has had too much to drink.
Fact: Only time sobers. It takes about one hour to metabolize each drink.

Myth:

Hard liquor is more intoxicating than beer or wine.
Fact: A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, and a 12-ounce wine cooler contain the same amount of alcohol and the same intoxication potential as an ounce-and-a-half of liquor.

Myth:

Someone who has had too much to drink will look intoxicated.
Fact: Someone's physical appearance can be misleading. One drink can impair someone's ability to drive. Judgment is the first thing affected when someone has been drinking and important motor skills are next.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

How do I approach one of my guests who has had too much to drink? I mean, I don't want to lose a friend.

The first time is the hardest, but your actions could save your friend's life or that of an innocent victim. Pull your guest aside and politely, but firmly, tell them that you cannot let them drive home because you care. Offer to let the guest spend the night, call a cab or ask another, sober guest to drive the intoxicated person home.

How will I be held responsible if one of my guests is involved in a crash?

The laws vary from state to state, but you could be held responsible for the costs associated with the crash including medical bills and property damage and be sued for emotional pain and suffering.

What can I do to stop drunk driving?

 

What should I do if I see somebody driving drunk?

Report drunk drivers immediately to area law enforcement from a car phone or pay phone with the license plate number, description of the vehicle and the direction in which it was traveling.

HOW TO SPOT A DRUNK DRIVER

These warning signs should be your signal to take down a license plate number and vehicle description to report to the proper authorities. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle.


DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM

 

The Designate a Driver Program asks that motorists commit a labor of love by designating a driver for celebrations. The program is easy and anyone can participate. If your celebrations include the drinking of alcoholic beverages, simply plan ahead and designate a driver.

The focus of the 1997 'Designate a Driver' program has expanded this public awareness campaign to a direct call-to-action at locations where alcohol is being served. As part of this expansion, MADD has created a new set of posters and table tents to remind adults who drink to make the right decision and designate a driver.

The program focuses on the four deadliest holidays of the year:

However, the Designate a Driver program can be used any time when people plan to leave home and drink alcoholic beverages, ensuring a safe ride home.

 

WHAT DOES THE DESIGNATE A DRIVER DO?

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

 

WHY BE A DESIGNATE A DRIVER?

 


The above information is curtesy of  Mothers Against Drunk Drivers