Good people can make bad decisions - that's often the case when otherwise responsible adults choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. But it only takes a split second - a car braking too quickly or a child chasing a ball into the street - for that bad decision to change a life forever.
The right auto insurance can help protect you and your finances in the case of a collision, but only you can take steps to prevent an alcohol-related accident. Allstate knows that planning ahead or volunteering to be the designated driver is no small feat. That's why, if you're a safe driver with the track record to prove it, we go out of our way to show our appreciation through a variety of insurance discounts
Roughly 30 people die each day in accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, and in 2009, nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States were related to drunk driving.
That's why it's so important to take a stand against drunk driving, especially during the late-night hours when holiday parties tend to wind down and impaired driving ramps up. Keep in mind that between midnight and 3 a.m., fatal drunk driving accidents occur at about twice the average rate.
As you prepare for the coming season, follow these 4 steps to protect the people you care about from accidents, arrests, or worse:
- Designate a sober driver. Before leaving for a party or social gathering, select one person who will refrain from drinking, or arrange for a safe ride home. Designated drivers should be completely sober, not just the most sober person in your group.
- Speak up if someone's too drunk to drive. If the designated driver does end up drinking, suggest that he or she let someone else take the wheel. If he or she insists on driving, don't hesitate to find another way home.
- Communicate calmly and effectively. Avoid using a confrontational tone. Instead, make it clear you're looking out for your friend's interests. Remind him or her about police on the road and that a DUI would cause them a lot of trouble. If that doesn't work, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests taking the driver's keys while he or she is preoccupied.
- Call a taxi or Safe Ride Program. Taxi services and designated driver programs are available in many communities. These programs provide late night rides and help ensure that everyone gets home safely.
Making responsible choices isn't always easy, but it can help save the life of someone you love. Learn more about how Allstate rewards its customers for being safe on the road by calling 1-866-621-6900 or contacting one of our agents today.
Published: November 2011