Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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The 2022 impaired driving national program "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" goes into effect across the country from August 17 to September 5, 2022.  Here are safety tips for Older Drivers to keep in mind:

  • An older driver might be using different medications or drugs daily as prescribed by their doctor. Medications or drugs will not change your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). However, if you drink alcohol while taking certain medications or drugs, you may feel, and be, more impaired, which can affect your ability to perform driving-related tasks. When given new medication, talk to your doctor on how this might impact driving.
  • Older drivers can be proactive and plan their evening out ahead of time. Set up someone to be the designated sober driver. The cost of a ride share or taxi can be split between friends. Do not walk home or take public transit while intoxicated. It can be dangerous and can risk a fall.
  • Make sure you eat before you drink. This can help slow down the effects of alcohol but remember, this will not help you become sober after drinking.
  • Switch up your drinks between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. This allows you to slow down your intake over the course of the night while also making sure you stay hydrated.
  • Set a drinking glass limit before going out. Remember a standard pour in a glass is: hard liquor 1.5 oz, wine 5 oz, and beer 12 oz. Make sure you know how much you are drinking per hour throughout the night.
  • Practice ways to say, “No thank you!” when being offered drinks. It’s okay to say no- everyone always has a choice. Another way to stay sober for the night is to tell your friends and family that you can be the designated driver for the night.

Information and Resources on Drunk Driving and Drive Sober or Get Pull Over: