Intervening

The very best way to stop someone you feel should not be driving from driving is to take their keys.

Here are some helpful tips provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Advertising Council’s Innocent Victims public service campaign, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” 

  • If it is a close friend, try and use a soft, calm approach at first. Suggest to them that they’ve had too much to drink and it would be better if someone else drove or if they took a cab.
     
  • Be calm. Joke about it. Make light of it.
     
  • Try to make it sound like you are doing them a favor.
     
  • If it is someone you don’t know well, speak to their friends and have them make an attempt to persuade them to hand over the keys. Usually they will listen.
     
  • If it’s a good friend, spouse, or significant other, tell them that if they insist on driving you are not going with them. Suggest that you will call someone else for a ride, take a cab, or walk.
     
  • Locate their keys while they are preoccupied and take them away. Most likely, they will think they’ve lost them and will be forced to find another mode of transportation.
     
  • If possible, avoid embarrassing the person or being confrontational, particularly with men.

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