Drinking and Driving: What Would You Do?

Oct 23

Sometimes the best things in life can be the most difficult. For example, what do you do when you see someone at a party, bar, or any social event who is intoxicated and is going to try and attempt to drive? It’s like that newer television show: “What Would You Do?” Take away your keys! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, it is a reality show where the crew stages fake events (i.e. you see someone getting beaten up on the streets, hear racial remarks, etc.). This show tests the limits and displays the true colors of the human race. For fun, let’s pretend as if you are on the show and you are witnessing someone attempting to drive under the influence, what would you do?

If you said that you would try and stop them, congratulations! Stopping an impaired driver is one of the most nonpareil actions you can do for a person and others on the road. If you are not entirely sure how you would go about stopping them, here are some tips:

1) “Be calm and carry on.” When talking to the person under the influence, try to joke about the situation. It is okay to keep things light and bubbly (kind of like the champagne they were drinking earlier that night)!
2) Always make it clear that you are doing them a favor. Try to be as convincing as possible.
3) If you would like to try and be ninja-like about the circumstances, try and locate their keys while the person is preoccupied and take them away. By doing this, they might think their keys are misplaced or lost. Eventually, the person could give up looking for them and will find another mode of transportation home.
4) If it is someone you do not know or an acquaintance, try and speak with their friends to talk to them and get their keys.
5) If you know who the person is (say a close friend, loved one, relative), the situation could be more delicate. Always try and talk to them privately. Let them know kindly that they have had too much to drink and should find another way home. You can also try to guilt trip them, saying you will ride with someone else, take public transportation or walk. Sometimes this will work. If it doesn’t, continue to stay relaxed and try talking them out of it any way you can.
6) If possible, try to avoid embarrassing the person. Do not make a scene or be confrontational. Generally, that does not help, but can make things worse. Talk to the impaired person with love!

So the next time you are out, what type of person will you be? Will you be the one who attempts to save lives? Or will you be the person who stays quiet? Never be afraid to speak up, especially when you either believe or know you are doing the right thing. “The driver is safer when the roads are dry; the roads are safer when the driver is dry.” Unknown

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