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Reducing Accident Rates: Alcohol Awareness Month

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Hey, fam! April is Alcohol Awareness Month. You know we care about you and want to keep you safe so listen up while we teach you a thing or two about the risks of drinking and driving, and how you can help make the world a better place. Let's get to it!

you gon learn 'Cause we're about to teach ya

The Facts

Someone is killed in an accident involving an intoxicated driver every 53 minutes. In 2015 alone, 10,265 died in alcohol-related car crashes. That is way too many deaths for a CHOICE people are making to drink and drive. A choice that can be avoided saving thousands of lives every year. Plan ahead, speak up and be safe.

driving cat This cat doesn't drink and drive. And look how cool he is. Be cool like this cat.

The Cost

Aside from costing yourself and/or someone else their life (literally), drinking and driving can result in some hefty fines. Like up to $10,000 in costs ranging from legal aid, state fines and time off work to complete community service or jail time. Yeah, that's right. We said jail time. Drinking and driving (especially after multiple offenses) can result in jail time. There's no Snapchat or Instagram in jail so good luck keeping your selfie game on point in there.

You'll also find yourself completing up to 100 hours of community service if you get caught drunk behind the wheel. Goodbye, free time. Enjoy picking up trash on the side of the highway or scraping gum from sidewalks on your Saturday mornings for the rest of the year.

burning cash You throwing away all your money after getting a DUI

The Plan

So what's going to be your role in reducing the number or alcohol related deaths and injuries this year? We can't do it alone, and we need your help. Here are some small ways that you can make a huge difference:

  • Make a plan to get home if you're going somewhere where drinking will take place. If you didn't plan ahead because you weren't planning on drinking, take a cab or call a friend for a ride. You can always pick you car up the next day.
  • Tell your friends you're happy to give them rides whenever they need one, you're just a call away anytime, any day. If your friends know they have someone they can call if they need a ride, they're more likely to take advantage of your offer to get home safe rather than worrying about bothering you and taking the risk to drive.
  • Speak up if you see someone reaching for their keys if you don't think they're fit to drive. It's going to be awkward, yes. But awkward is way better than feeling like you could have done something and didn't.
  • Create awareness by snapping a selfie with the number 53 written on your hand and using #53minutes on social media to create awareness around the fact that someone dies every 53 minutes from the actions of a drunk driver. Check out some photos from Alcohol Awareness Month last year.

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Krista Doyle