Everybody makes poor decisions at points, and it is very likely they will make poor decisions while drunk. One of the worst decisions a person can make is to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Not only can this have severe legal repercussions, but it may also end up killing an innocent person.
If you have a friend or family member who is reaching for the keys while intoxicated, it is vital that you take action. However, you must have a plan. According to MADD, if you wish to stop somebody from driving while drunk, you must be non-confrontational and willing to call the police if necessary.
Keep it calm
It is always better to suggest alternatives if a friend or family member wants to drive while impaired. Offer to call a taxi or rideshare, and offer to pay for the ride if necessary. There may also be public transportation routes, to keep costs down.
Remember that you are speaking to a drunk person, so you may need to speak slower than normal. Make sure to keep your voice calm, even if the impaired person is becoming aggressive. It is important to avoid a fight.
Call law enforcement if necessary
This is a difficult thing to do. However, remind yourself that it is always better to have your friend arrested as compared to killed or injured. It is also better for the police to arrest your friend as compared to killing somebody else.
Keeping drunk drivers off the road is key to keeping America’s roadways safe. Make sure to stay vigilant, and to take action to protect people if necessary.