Impaired driving is driving while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
|Alcohol impaired driving: driving after having consumed any amount of alcohol.||Everyone reacts differently to alcohol, so it's hard to say what the exact effects will be. Some people feel happy, some are sad, and some just get really sleepy. Drinking heavily impairs your judgment and your risk of getting into an accident increases dramatically.|
|Drug impaired driving: driving after consuming drugs – illegal, prescription, or even over-the-counter.||
|It is illegal to:||Possible consequences include:|
Drive while under the influence of alcohol and drive under the influence of drugs
Sometimes you may be in a situation where you feel stuck and that you have no other option than to drive after having a couple drinks or get in the car with someone who has. But it's still important to remember that you have options and even if you plan on having even one drink, you shouldn't get behind the wheel.
If you think you may be impaired…
Here are some alternate ways to get home if you ever find yourself in one of these situations:
If someone offers you a ride home, and they are under the influence (of drugs, alcohol, or are fatigued)…
It's okay to turn down their offer. There are many ways to get out of this kind of situation:
If you spot an impaired driver?
Contact the police and give them the following information:
To host a safe event?
If you are of age, there are ways to host an event that involves alcohol in a safe way. Here are some do's and don'ts on what to do to ensure that your event will be safe for everyone:
To deal with peer pressure?
Sometimes we can be pressured into doing something we don't want to do for fear of being rejected from the group, or even of being considered "different." But not conforming to peer pressure can be a good thing, especially when it comes to impaired and distracted driving. Remember that you can have an effect on your peers as well. If you have a strong stance on impaired driving, others may follow in your footsteps. For example, if you refuse to get into a vehicle with someone who is impaired, others will be less likely to do the same. Most youth will feel pressured to drink or do drugs at some point in their lives, and may feel that they are still okay to drive. It is important for you to know your limits (and also remember that your blood alcohol content has to be 0 if you're under 21), understand what you are comfortable doing and not doing, and to be able to communicate this to others. Here are some ways you can say "no" to doing things that could impair your driving:
If they keep trying to push you, you could simply ask them to respect you by not making you do something you're not comfortable with. Even just saying you'll meet up with them later could work. But always remember that you're not alone, and you don't have to change yourself to fit in. A good friend will still be your friend no matter what you choose to do and they will respect your opinion, so don't be afraid to stand up for your beliefs.
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