Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on Maryland roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. It’s that simple.
It’s essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol.
First and foremost: Plan ahead. Be honest with yourself: You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you.
- Remember it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use a taxi or ride service to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 9-1-1.
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Remember to play it safe tonight, and always plan your sober ride before the festivities begin. If you are buzzed, do not drive. Troopers will be out on patrol this evening looking for impaired drivers.