Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Whether some friends are meeting up or you are attending a Cinco de Mayo party, remember buzzed driving is drunk driving.
Although Cinco de Mayo is intended to be a joyous occasion, it can be a very dangerous when alcohol is mixed with the celebration. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS), one third of all traffic fatalities on Cinco de Mayo involve a drunk driver.
If you are planning to use alcohol on Cinco de Mayo:
- Designate a sober driver before going out to celebrate;
- Load up on your favorite Mexican foods;
- Do not get behind the wheel if you, or the person you are with, has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs;
- Ask a sober friend for a ride home. Call a cab or rideshare. Use public transportation. Call a family member. Or, stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
- Take the keys away from friends who shouldn't drive.
Driving drunk or riding with someone who is under the influence is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant.