Over the weekend leading up to Mardi Gras, we didn’t need a reminder about the dangers of drunk-driving, but we got one. A man with a blood-alcohol-content of .232, nearly three times the legal limit, injured dozens when he plowed his pickup truck into a Mardi Gras crowd in New Orleans. Fortunately, none of these injuries were life threatening. This event is a timely opportunity to discuss what you can do to prevent drunk driving accidents.
The Best Ways to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents
- Have a designated driver – We all know that we should decide who is going to be the designated driver before we go out for the night. However, this important decision can sometimes be lost to the spirit of having fun.
- Leave your cars keys at home – If you don’t have your keys, you can’t drive your car drunk. Likewise, if you give your keys to a friend, you can’t drive either.
- Stay hydrated – Ideally, you should have a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume, whether that’s a beer or a shot. All bartenders will be more than happy to oblige to your request for water.
- Avoid hard liquor – Sticking to beer, hard cider, and other alcoholic beverages with a low ABV percentage will help you to pace yourself. This is especially important if you plan to be drinking for several hours at a time, as you may be for celebrations like Mardi Gras.
- Stay vigilant – Be on the lookout for signs of drunk-driving. This includes behavior like erratic braking, swerving from side to side, driving at night without headlights on, and driving on the wrong side of the road.
By following these tips, you can be part of the solution for preventing future DWI accidents like the one at Mardi Gras. If you think you spot an impaired driver, call the police. Should you ever find yourself in an accident involving an intoxicated driver, you can contact a local personal injury lawyer to learn more about your options moving forwards.