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It’s that time of the year again! St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and everyone is running to their closest dollar store to purchase their outfit for Tuesday’s celebrations. People across the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by parading around and showcasing off their green attire. Going together with the holiday is beer, the reverberated drink of choice to honour St. Patrick. Being North American, we have strong ties with consuming beer, even priding ourselves on the quantity the bottles we can go through. But we must make smart decisions on our abilities while under the influence.
WhereSafe wants to increase driver safety this year and make sure that people are not driving under the influence. Drunk driving is extremely dangerous, puts passengers and pedestrians at great risk and can impact your life going forward. Always put safety first and avoid getting behind the wheel when you have had any amount of alcohol.
Over the past 15 years, more than 10,000 deaths have been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in relation to drunk driving. Most of those deaths occur in Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois and New York. If that statistic does not bring a chill to your bones, soak this one in: 43% of drivers related to drinking and driving we between the ages of 16 to 24! (Source).
What can you do to reduce the risk of drunk driving?
Find a designated driver. Planning and coordinating with family or friends to arrange a ride home after the party is your best option. Never assume someone will offer to drive you home and don’t impose that responsibility on someone in the moment, they could be under the influence as well. Offer to pay for their gas or buy them that late night meal you are craving. It is a small price to pay to get home safe.
Be a good host. If you are hosting a party, make sure to offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water. Try and be aware of your own alcoholic consumption and be a role model, portraying you don’t need to have a lot of alcohol to have a great time.
Hold your friends accountable. Social pressure makes people make crazy decisions but use this to your advantage. Hold each other accountable for getting home safe and not drinking and driving, you won’t want to disappoint your family or friends by going back on your promises.
Some of you might be reading this article and thinking “Hey, those party days are behind me. But I have some kids that are lacking common sense and I want to make sure they are safe.” You are not alone. We as parents try our best to keep our kids safe and almost always make decisions that are to protect them, not make them disgruntled. But it is hard for them to see what you are doing and why, which is why WhereSafe is here to help you with these decisions.
WhereSafe offers GPS tracking devices that can be connected to cars so you can monitor the vehicles location along with speeding, movement and tampering alerts. These devices can be installed underneath your dash to help conceal them, plugged in to your on-board diagnostics (OBD) port or a magnetic GPS tracking device that can be covertly applied anywhere on the vehicle.
The benefit of having one of WhereSafe’s GPS tracking devices on your teenager’s vehicle is to monitor their location and speed. If you have a conversation that they will not be drinking and driving on St. Patrick’s day, you can now glance at your phone to see if they are keeping their word and being safe. With simple, automated and intelligent built-in notifications, you will be alerted if they are driving their vehicle as well. Tied in with that is the ability to monitor speeds and have the peace of mind to know they are driving safely. (https://www.wheresafe.com/pages/how-wheresafe-works)
Make sure you prepare yourself for St. Patrick’s Day this year and equip your vehicles with WhereSafe’s GPS tracking devices. And always remember to practice safe driving habits on the road.