DES reminds community to be safe – don’t drink and drive

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sg.t 1st Class Miguel Espinoza
Directorate of Emergency Services

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh, what fun it is to ride … with a designated driver.”

As we enter this holiday season, many will indulge in fellowship, parties and good times. Many of those events tend to have alcohol involved, so remember to plan ahead if you choose to partake and designate a driver or make arrangements to get to your final destination.  If you are the host, remember you share the responsibility as well to ensure those in attendance have an alternate means of transportation.

Drinking IQ

Drinking IQ

As we all prepare for these holidays, many will take to the roads or airports as they head home. Remember that although you and your family may be full of holiday cheer, others are watching and waiting to create their own cheer at your expense.

Here are a few tips to plan on a safe holiday party or trip.

Holiday parties

•Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.

•Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests, arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.

•Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.

•Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.

Traveling for the holidays

•Give yourself enough time when traveling to the airport. The holidays will increase your wait time.

•When traveling by air, either check gifts with your luggage or don’t wrap them at all. The TSA agents will likely need to unwrap the gifts to inspect them.

•Check your flights ahead of time; Follow your airline on social media in order to be alerted of potential changes.

•Make sure your children know their home address and telephone number. Show them where to go in the airport if you get separated, and review procedures for dealing with strangers.

Holiday road safety

•Buckle up. Properly restrain yourself and your passengers.

•Slow down. Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to the traffic around you.

•Driving requires your full attention, pull off the road if you have to use your cell phone. Arrive alive – don’t text and drive!

•Never drink and drive.

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