Friday, September 03, 2010

Have Fun This Holiday Weekend, but Don’t Forget That Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

I always avoid traveling on holiday weekends because I know there will be a lot of people on the road. Many of them will have been celebrating, which means they have alcohol in their systems. In 2008, 194 people were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

So if your plans this weekend include road travel, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council want to remind you to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Even “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving,” as their slogan says.

Here are some helpful tools for making your holiday weekend safer:

Post a Designated Driver Badge on your Facebook page, Twitter, or blog to thank people for being both a designated driver and a friend. Click here to get a badge like the one below.

Compose a Designated Driver Drink List. One of the most important things you can do before you go out is to designate a sober driver. If you’re throwing a party, make sure to offer up non-alcoholic drinks for the sober drivers in your group. Click here for 50 non-alcoholic party drink recipes!

Check Out the Alternative Ride Locator before you begin drinking. Click here for a nationwide list of alternative ride programs.

Go to the Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving Website to sign a pledge not to drink and drive, play “Spot the Difference” (an interactive game that simulates the effects of buzzed driving), and watch a real-life video about how buzzed driving changed one woman’s life.

This Labor Day weekend, let’s work together to put an end to buzzed driving. Don’t let a drunk driving arrest ruin your weekend -- or your life. Please be sure to designate a sober driver before you start celebrating. And don’t forget that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving!

DISCLOSURE: Global Influence asked me to help spread the word about this important campaign. Bloggers for Global Influence are periodically entered into participation contests. No compensation was provided for this post.


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