BE SMART: Be a Sober Driver

by Katie Bogusz on May 9, 2017

The summer is filled with BBQs, pool parties, and beach events.  Most of us will be living at home for the summer and will be driving to these exciting activities!  This why it is important to BE SMART this summer, and be a sober driver.

Stay Safe on the Road This Summer #infographic #Driving #Summer:

BE SMART: The Designated Driver

The designated driver (DD), is a person who doesn’t drink any alcoholA designated driver is not the person who drank the least or is less drunk.  Rotate your designated driver each time you go out with friends.  It is easier for the designated driver to remain alcohol free if they know other people will have the responsibility next time.  This is a way to overcome any problems with picking and choosing who the designated driver will be for the night.

Sobering Effects of Drunk Driving. Don't you think if the way we have been punishing these people would show signs of progress if it actually worked? People charged and convicted of drunk driving who have their license suspended will continue to drive if they choose to do so. I understand they're required to take DUI classes in California during this process but don't you think it would be a better idea to focus more on therapy and addiction counseling? Just something to think about.:

BE SMART: How to have a Safe Night Out

BE SMART and check out the following tips on how to ensure you and your friends’ safety to and from your event:

  • Have more than one designated driver so you always have a back-up.
  • Have more than one sober buddy so it will be more fun for the designated driver.
  • Agree as a group before going out and drinking who the designated driver will be.
  • Know the plan for getting home safely and know where to meet the designated driver.
  • Step up and take your turn to be the designated driver.
  • Arrive as a group to the party or event in the designated driver’s car. Only the designated driver should drive to the party, then the DD is the only one with keys at the party.
  • Give your keys to the DD if you drove yourself to the party and did not arrive with the DD.
  • Take care of your designated driver and give them gas money, buy them dinner or snacks.
  • Ask the under-aged person in the group to drive. They shouldn’t be drinking anyway.
  • Avoid a designated driver you know has a hard time not drinking when they go out.
  • Chip in to provide a raffle prize for the designated drivers to win each month.
  • Allow the designated driver to drop off and pick up the group so they don’t have to go to the party and be tempted to drink alcohol.
  • Select a designated driver that you know is trustworthy and dependable.
  • Select a designated driver who has an academic, athletic, work or family obligation that you know will keep them from drinking.
  • Choose a designated driver that you are comfortable with and are confident in their ability to resist the peer pressure to drink.

Enjoy this long weekend, but don't mix drinking with driving. Read more about what is really going on behind the wheel at the link.:

BE SMART: Be a Sober Driver all Year!

It’s important to be a sober driver all year round.  So take these tips and apply them your life!  If you’d like to learn more about some of the BE SMART topics covered in this post please visit the following link:  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement (IN) Network by visiting and searching for the BSU Peer Educators.

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