December is National Drink Driving Prevention Month, Spiritual Literacy Month and Write to a Friend Month. There are also 23 special days. MYT’s Employability team have demonstrated their conceptions on the prevention of drink driving.
As well as giving advice about drink driving ,our Intensive Student Support Adviser, Hazel Baber wrote two poems about drink driving which can be seen in the videos below. The poems 'The Voice' and 'The Crash' are performed by young people from our Prince’s Trust study programme and Youth Contract.
How to avoid the risks of drunk driving
Drink driving amongst teenagers is a serious issue. According to RED Driving School, up to 79% of young drivers don’t know the legal drink-driving limit. Also, drivers between the ages of 20-25 fail breath tests more than any other age group.
- DROP THOSE KEYS! DO NOT jump in to a car and think it will all be okay. Driving under the influence of alcohol is highly dangerous!
- DO NOT become encouraged by your mates to drive while over the limit. Remember; you’re the one with the keys, not them, so you have to think not only about yourself but your passengers as well! Likewise, don’t encourage your mates to drive while drunk either!
- If more than one of you drives, volunteer to be a designated driver- someone who is completely sober and fit to drive. You might not touch a drop of alcohol, but you being sober for that night could save you and your friends a trip to the hospital! (You can take it in turns with your friends to be designated driver if you didn’t think of that already!)
- If you and your friends are planning to go out to drink, make plans to arrange transport for the night. Call a friend/parent to pick you up or call a cab. It might be awkward/expensive, but it’s safer than trying to drive drunk.
- Don’t even think of picking up the keys the morning after. You may be feeling fine, but the alcohol is still in your body meaning you’re still unfit to drive as you are still over the limit
How much can I drink and stay under the limit?
There is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit. The amount of alcohol you would need to drink to be considered over the driving limit varies from person to person. It depends on:
- your weight
- your gender (men tend to process alcohol faster than women)
- your metabolism
- the type and amount you're drinking
- your current stress levels
- whether you've eaten recently
- age (younger people tend to process alcohol more slowly
Punishment if you get caught drink driving over the legal alcohol limit
How to spot a drunk driver:
- Weaving and zigzagging across the road
- Slow responses to traffic signals
- Abrupt and/or illegal turns and manoeuvres
- Narrowly missing or hitting objects
- Driving way below or way above the speed limit
- Unusual behaviour by the driver
- Sudden stops and erratic braking
What to do when you see a suspected drunk driver:
- Keep your distance
- Notify the authorities
- Attempt to stop the vehicle
- Follow the vehicle at the risk of breaking the speed limit
- Disregard any traffic signals to keep the drunk driver in view
- Try to detain or restrain the drunk driver