Thursday, March 3, 2011

Amateur Drunk Night--Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

With St. Patty's Day right around the corner, I was reminded what I referred to it in college--Amateur Drunk Night.  I know it is supposed to be a fun holiday and all, but seems that too many people go overboard and do stupid things, like driving drunk.  Of course, they didn't think they were drunk.  They would just be "buzzed."  Well, buzzed driving is drunk driving! 

On St. Patrick’s Day 2009, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).   That some pretty scary stuff!

If you will be out celebrating St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, make sure you have a plan BEFORE you go out:

• Designate a sober driver before you leave for your event.
• Be ready to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi. Have the phone number of a taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.

Even if you will not be celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day, keep in mind that in 2009, 1,119 occupants of other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, so pay attention to others on the road.  If you are buzzing, your senses and responses are dulled.  So, be smart, don't drive.  A buzzed driving crash has the same consequences as a drunk driving crash.

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Remember: Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving. Don't rely on dumb luck this St. Patrick's Day. Plan ahead and ask your loved ones to do the same.

Disclosure:  I wrote this public service announcement in conjunction with the Ad Council and Global Influence to get the message out that buzzed driving is drunk driving.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

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