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Good Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink and Drive

Margarita-for-work-partyGuess what?  The company you work for is turning five years old, and this weekend the powers that be are hosting a huge birthday bash.  There is going to be celebrating, awards, mingling, and of course, alcoholic beverages.  It’s guaranteed to be a good time, and everyone expects everyone to be there.

Maybe this particular party is the time you sacrifice your happiness for the good of the group.  Maybe it’s time you’re the designated driver.

Designated Drivers

As the designated driver, it’s your responsibility to make sure everyone makes it home safely.  You’re the night’s savior.  You’re the one everyone else relies on.  You can prevent peers from driving drunk, getting their licenses suspended, having injuries, and sometimes – even preventing death.  When you’re the designated driver you have to make the choice to not drink.

Tips for the DD

  • Make the decision to not drink alcohol.  If you are indeed the driver, don’t change your mind.
  • If there is a large group, have two designated drivers to share the load.
  • Don’t be the driver every time there is a party.  Rotate with friends from time to time.
  • Unsure of who’s intoxicated and who’s not. On-site breath testing is available.

You may find in a situation that you’ll need to take the keys from someone who is intoxicated.  There are good ways to do that:

  • Tell the intoxicated person you’re doing them a favor.
  • Be calm, but insist that they don’t drive.
  • If you don’t know the intoxicated person, make their friends aware of the situation and have them get the keys.
  • Don’t be confrontational.  That can be embarrassing.

Now folks are enjoying the party, and no one is going home in jeopardy.  You’re having a great time and you’re being relied on.  These steps will prevent your co-workers from getting into trouble.  For more great steps, check out “Drunk Driving Can Be Stopped”.

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  1. October 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Great tips for preventing something that can turn a person’s life upside down! Being the DD isn’t as bad as some think it is.

  2. October 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    These are some great tips, it can be hard being the DD but it is so worth it.

  3. October 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    There is no excuse for drinking and driving. Great tips for keeping DDs and keeping them on top of things.

  4. October 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    This information is SO important. DD’s save lives. Please be safe when drinking.

  5. October 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Great tips for the DD! Just remember, it is possible to have fun without alcohol!

  6. October 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    We are coming to the season of celebration with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all in the next few months. Lots of parties to attend and DD’s may be scarce, see to it that your friends and family make it home safely!

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