The holiday season is on our doorstep, and that means that several different holiday parties will be going on celebrating the holiday season.
A recent study conducted by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization revealed that 75% of people surveyed over the age of 21 said they have seen someone try to drive home after drinking at an event.
Barry Martin with MADD’s Georgia Chapter, says despite that alarming statistic, there were some positives that were found in the survey.
“Well some of it is actually encouraging, in that a good percentage of people have taken positive actions to prevent that drunk driving from occurring”, said Martin. “Everything from driving the person home themselves, taking their keys, calling them a cab, or even calling law enforcement if all else fails.”
Martin says if you plan on attending any parties or events during the holidays, or any other time, that the tried and true method of having a designated driver is still the best way to go.
“The safest choice is always to designate a non-drinking driver before you leave home, that way you get home safe and the people on the roads are safer”, explained Martin. “You might see someone try to drive after drinking too much as well, and we want to encourage you its not enough to plan for your safety, but also try and help that person get home as safely as possible.”
He says those who want more information on what MADD is doing or want more information on how to celebrate safely this holiday season, can go visit the organization’s website at www.MADD.org.