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25-Apr-2019  
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PREVENTING DRINK DRIVING

Every day, many people drink and drive without seeing the harm it can cause. Choosing to drive
yourself home when you are impaired by alcohol is putting not only your own life at risk but also
that of anyone else on the road while you are driving.

Even a small amount of alcohol can lead to harmful situations. Some drivers may not even
show warning signs of being under the influence, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less dangerous.

Here are a few more things we can all do to prevent our family and friends from drink driving this
holiday season.

The family

Many of you know family members who drink too much at holiday parties. You recognize your
husband, boyfriend, sister, or mother risks his or her life and the lives of others when he or she
gets behind the wheel in an intoxicated state. Take a stand and be firm. No drinking and driving.

*Offer to take your family member to the party and pick him up afterwards.
*Arrange a ride with a responsible friend or a cab.
*If you are a parent worried that your teenager or young adult may drink and drive, try to
establish an understanding or agreement on the subject. Explain that you are available
24/7 to pick your child up, wherever he is, if he or his friends believe he is too intoxicated
to drive.

Friends

We hear it repeated again and again, but it’s true! Friends! Don’t let friends drive drunk. Do what
it takes to keep an intoxicated friend from getting behind the wheel. Take his keys away. Move
his car to a place where he can’t find it. Drive him home yourself. Call a cab, if you can’t drive
him home either because you don’t have a car or because you’ve had too much to drink
yourself.

You

Yes, you. You have a role to play in keeping drunk drivers off the roads. Watch out for them as
you travel the highways and roads over the holidays. If you see driver conduct that suggests a
motorist is driving while intoxicated, call the police and report the suspicious behavior
immediately. Give location, type of vehicle, and license plate number whenever possible.

For your own safety, think twice before you travel the roads and highways late at night during
the Holidays. There are more intoxicated drivers on the road in the late evening and early
morning hours. And be selfish! Don’t get into a car or onto a motorcycle operated by
someone you know has had too much to drink!

Safety tips from: Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Bloomberg Initiative for Global
Road Safety.
 
 
Source: Mavis Obeng-Mensah Communications Officer, Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety Accra
 
 

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