The following post is to encourage you to STOP and THINK before getting behind the wheel of any motorized vehicle after consuming alcohol. The video is from the Naval Safety Center which partnered with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to raise awareness on this, and other alcohol-related concerns.
You’ve heard it before… so what? Year after year, we all hear sobering statistics about impaired driving, but we are still losing shipmates because of poor choices with alcohol when bringing in the new year. Do you care enough to change that so we don’t? Sure, you may not be the one making the bad choice, but if you think that means you don’t have to think about this subject, you are in the wrong Navy.
Many of us will be driving long distances to spend time with loved ones this weekend and unfortunately, many bad decisions are made in regard to drinking and driving. There are many ways people celebrate, many of which do not include alcohol. If alcohol will be a part of your New Year’s celebrations, then you need to plan for success. Designating a sober driver or taking a cab is a great way to avoid the inevitable consequences of driving under the influence. This is not to say you should not enjoy the beverage of your choice. Instead, you should remember moderation even if you aren’t driving. Over-consumption of alcohol reduces your inhibitions and makes participating in any activity – especially driving, which requires reaction – much riskier.
What should I do if I plan to drink?
* Designate a sober driver before the party begins.
* Don’t get behind the wheel of your vehicle if you’ve been out drinking, or are impaired.
* Program the number for a taxi service in your phone before you head out and call for a ride when the night is over.
* Use mass transit.
* Call a sober friend or family member to come and get you.
* Stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.