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Avoid The High DUI Risk During Spring Break


Spring break is meant to be a fun young adult experience, and it is often associated with heavy drinking and the loss of inhibitions.  Accordingly, each year we see a high number of DUI arrest and drunk driving accidents during spring break.


So what can you do to avoid the high DUI risk during spring break?  Take steps to avoid driving drunk yourself, and watch for drunk drivers on the road with you.


First, take steps to make sure you do not drive drunk.  If you have had too much to drink, do not drive drunk any circumstances.  Make a plan ahead of time for how you will get home.  A sober driver, a taxi, public transportation, walking home, or spending the night are all good alternatives to risking driving drunk.  If you do plan to drive home, drink in moderation and monitor your own intoxication.  A good rule of thumb is 1 drink per hour maximum, and stop drinking entirely at least 2 hours before you plan to drive. Do not mix your drinks with carbonation since it can increase the rate alcohol enters your bloodstream, and mix your own drinks so you can monitor exactly how much alcohol you are taking in. Also, never accept a drink from anyone else and watch your drink at all times to make sure it is not tampered with.  Date rape is a serious risk on spring break, as is a person adding more alcohol than you anticipated to what you are drinking.


If you remain sober and in a good position to drive home, be aware that not everyone is as responsible as you are.  Even though you are sober, the roads are full of drivers who are drunk.  Keep your eyes peeled for anyone driving erratically.  Sudden starts and stops, swerving, and inability to follow traffic laws are all telltale signs of a drunk driver.  Missed signals, wide turns, and sudden lane charges are also typically giveaways.  If you see a driver who you believe may be intoxicated, your best bet is to give that car as much room as possible by staying away and back.  Passing can be dangerous due to the possibility of sudden lane changes, so stay back and behind the driver to give them room.  Once you are at a safe distance, call 9-1-1 to report the drunk driver to local law enforcement.  Provide your exact location and the best possible description of the vehicle in questions including license plate information.


Story by About.com



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