Drunk Driving and Impaired Driving

Why would you consider getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking or using drugs? Drunk driving and impaired driving put you and those around you in danger. Not only are they entirely preventable, they’re not worth the risk or the trouble.

A DUI makes your life difficult to say the least. The police will arrest you and book you at the station. You’ll have to hire a lawyer and miss time at work. It could also cost you your job depending on your line of work and the details of your employment contract. In addition, a DUI conviction in Maryland will require fitting your car with an interlock device that you must blow into every time you start your car. Try impressing a date or co-workers with that. Or better yet, try explaining that to your kids.

Even worse, impaired driving often ends up in needless tragedy. Each year, crashes involving drunk or impaired drivers claim more than 160 lives and injure thousands more.

Always Choose a Sober Driver

A DUI is just not worth the risk at the end of a night out. So do yourself and everyone on the roadways a favor: make a plan to always have a safe and sober ride. Designate a sober driver, have a cab company’s number on hand, or call a rideshare. Worst case, call someone that you know will come get you. In the end, you will get home safe and without endangering anyone else.

There is NEVER a good reason to drive while drunk and if you’re a passenger, the worst thing you can do is get in the car with an impaired driver. Speak up. Arrange a safe ride for both of you. If you have to take their keys to keep them from driving, you’re doing them a favor in the long run.

Reporting Drunk Drivers in Maryland

Because Maryland law enforcement is committed to making our roads safer, they’re stepping up enforcement, especially during the holidays. If you see someone driving under the influence, please call 911 immediately to report them. Together, we can reduce the overall number of deaths and injuries due to impaired driving.

And remember: just drive sober. Every time. One time under the influence is one time too many.