Drinking? Find a Designated Driver First

Plan ahead and be safe as you celebrate.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council remind everyone that the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead and designate a sober before you head out for your festivities.

Here are 7 ways to stay safe this holiday:

  • Use one of their fun, holiday-themed posters on your blog or Facebook page
  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely
  • Use your community’s sober ride program
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement
  • Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you know people who are about to drive or ride with someone who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Planning Ahead

Party hosts — If you’re throwing a party, make sure to offer non-alcoholic drinks for the sober drivers. Check out this Facebook tab with 50 non-alcoholic party drink recipes.

Alternative Ride Locator — Here's a list of nationwide alternative ride programs.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving website — Sign a pledge not to drink and drive; play “Spot the Difference,” an interactive game that simulates the effects of buzzed driving; and watch a real-life video about how buzzed driving changed one woman’s life.


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