Going out this weekend? Here are some tips to get home safely

This content is sponsored by District Department of Transportation

Who doesn’t love a night out on the town in D.C.? This weekend is a festive time for many people filled with Cinco de Mayo parties and celebrating. Many times celebrations involve alcohol consumption by party-goers. The Cinco de Mayo holiday is especially deadly on our nation’s roads, with almost one-third (28%) of all crash fatalities from 2012-2016 involving a drunk driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In fact, from 2012-2016, there were 305 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday period, with 51 people killed in 2016 alone.

The number of fatalities from alcohol-impaired crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday period has steadily decreased over the past five years. Continue to keep this trend going in the right direction by following these tips.

  1. Always drive sober. Be honest with yourself about how much you have had to drink and don’t get in the car with a person who is impaired.
  2. Designate a sober driver before you go out – Make sure you plan who will be driving you and your friends home before you go out. The designated driver should make a promise to not consume any alcohol or drugs during the evening. Give the designated driver the keys to the vehicle before the drinking begins.
  3. Take public transportation – The Metro and Metrobus are good alternatives to getting around the District instead of driving. Metro runs until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Check wmata.com for Metro and Metrobus  stations, schedules and routes.
  4. SoberRide – Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide program has partnered with Lyft to offer free rides. SoberRide will be offered from 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5 until 4 a.m. Sunday, May 6. To use this service download the Lyft app to your phone and enter the promo code. The promo code will be posted at 5 p.m. on May 5th on soberride.com. The code is valid for up to $15 off one ride taken in Lyft’s Washington, D.C.
  5. Uber and Lyft – Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are good alternatives to driving while impaired. Using both services is easy and hassle free. Just download the app and get started. A ride can be at your pick up place in minutes.
  6. Taxi – Calling a taxi or hailing a taxi is another way to make sure you and your friends get home safely after a night of drinking.
  7. Hotel – Plan ahead and book a hotel room before you go out. This way you do not need to worry about how many drinks you have and who is driving you home. Do a little research online and you can probably find some good deals on hotels last minute.

Planning ahead is always a good idea when it comes to going out and celebrating. Make a plan of how you will get home or where you will stay.

The District Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police Department are working diligently to decrease the number of impaired driving fatalities to zero – the goal of D.C.’s Vision Zero initiative. D.C. Police officers will be out this weekend with enhanced D.U.I. enforcement.

Getting a D.U.I.  – or even worse injuring or killing yourself or someone else in a drunk driving crash  – can be avoided. Be safe this weekend.

Learn more at dcroadrules.com

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