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Practice Safe Driving this Memorial Day Weekend

With a three-day weekend in store for most, day drinking is prominent. Feeling invincible behind the wheel while intoxicated puts everyone at risk – those in the vehicle and others on the road. There’s no harm in drinking while celebrating but once you start to put other’s lives in danger, it becomes a serious problem. Even if you’ll be one of the designated drivers, it is detrimental to be aware of drunk drivers on the road with you. Here’s what to look for —

Law enforcement officials say there are several signs associated with drunk driving:

  • Making wide turns
  • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
  • Almost striking an object or vehicle
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving at a very slow speed
  • Stopping without cause
  • Braking erratically
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Driving after dark with headlights off

dont-drink-driveKeeping these things in mind can help you avoid a dangerous situation. If you spot what you think is an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.

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Three Myths on How to Beat a Breathalyzer Test

When it comes to drinking, driving should never be an option. Before you get behind the wheel after a few drinks and think you have some hacks to beat a breathalyzer test – think again. Here are three debunked myths on how to beat a breathalyzer test —

Myth: When it comes to penalties, it’s better to not submit to a breathalyzer

Fact: Most states have what’s called an ‘Implied Consent’ law. That means by accepting a drivers license in your state, you agree to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test if a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving. If you refuse to submit to the breathalyzer, you could receive an additional charge and still lose your drivers license or be required to install an ignition interlock device.

Myth: Hyperventilating before you submit to a breathalyzer will affect your results and give you a lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

Fact: It’s impossible to alter the reading of a breathalyzer by breathing in a different way, just like hyperventilating before you breath into an ignition interlock will affect whether you pass or fail.

Myth: After I sleep off the alcohol, I’ll be OK to drive

Fact: If you drink approximately 5 drinks all in a row and you fall asleep for 5 hours, when you wake up you would most likely still blow over the legal limit on a breathalyzer. Why? You’d have to wait 10 hours to fully metabolize 5 alcohol drinks, so going to sleep is no guarantee you won’t be drunk when you wake up.

Check out the rest of the myths on drunk driving debunked here!


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Tips on How to Handle Stress

Being that April is National Stress Awareness month, it is helpful to find ways to cope with stressful situation before things boil over. Especially if you are suffering from a traumatic brain injury, going through a personal injury litigation or just having a tough time with a partner – handling stress as it comes is a healthy way to handle problems.

Here are some tips on how to handle stress

1. Exercise

2. Relax Your Muscles

3. Deep Breathing

4. Eat Well

5. Slow Down

6. Take a Break

7. Make Time for Hobbies

8. Talk About Your Problems

9. Go Easy On Yourself

10. Eliminate Your Triggers


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National Beer Day – How You Can Enjoy Yourself AND Stay Safe

National Beer Day is a day that some might take advantage of and may result with life altering consequences.

As Karen Mertes’ life hung in the balance after a tragic car accident caused by a drunk driver. Karen suffered a traumatic injury and was forced to fight through a personal injury litigation battle to get some justice. For some, there isn’t a next chapter.

Don’t let one day – or night – of reckless drinking negatively impact your life and the lives around you.

Here are 5 facts about drinking and driving from dosomething.org

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person soberer; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe. Sign up for Parents Ride Shotty.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.

Enjoy the holiday, but don’t let one night change your entire life!


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How to Detect Drunk Drivers — Be a Defensive Driver

drunkJust because you’re sober on the road, doesn’t mean that the driver next to you is. Being alert is key to being a defensive driver – don’t get blindsided by those on the road that are putting you and your passengers lives in danger. Here are some tips on how to detect drunk drivers:

  • Law enforcement officials say there are several signs associated with drunk driving:
    • Making wide turns
    • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
    • Almost striking an object or vehicle
    • Driving on the wrong side of the road
    • Driving at a very slow speed
    • Stopping without cause
    • Braking erratically
    • Responding slowly to traffic signals
    • Turning abruptly or illegally
    • Driving after dark with headlights off

Keeping these things in mind can help you avoid a dangerous situation. If you spot what you think is an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.

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Cracking The Cold Shower Myth and more – Facts about Drinking and Driving

With the holidays just a week away, parties are being held and drinks are being poured. Resist the urge to drive home after having “just a few” this holiday season. Don’t put your life and the lives of others in your hands by getting behind the wheel.

Here are 11 facts about drinking and driving from dosomething.org

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person soberer; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe. Sign up for Parents Ride Shotty.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.drunk_driving
  1. In 2011, 9,878 people were victims of drunk drivers.
  2. Between 50 to 75% of the people who have had their licenses revoked due to driving under the influence drive illegally without their license.
  3. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.
  4. Since the early 1980s, alcohol-related traffic deaths per population have been cut in half with the greatest proportional declines among persons 16-20 years old.
  5. In 2010, of the fatalities among children ages 14 and younger, 17 percent occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
  6. Kids and teens who get involved with alcohol at a young age are 7 times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives.

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Sobering Statistics of Holiday Drinking and Driving

If Karen’s story of surviving a car accident caused by a drunk driver doesn’t scare you enough, here are some statistics from Scram Systems on drunk driving during the holidays. Don’t be another statistic—screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-6-46-56-pm

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