Be Safe in Massachusetts: Roadway Safety Tips

Roadway Safety Tips

Roadway Safety Tips

Ten Safety Tips to Consider For:

Drunk Driving

  1. Don't drive if you have been drinking at all. Your ability to operate a motor vehicle can be compromised even if your blood alcohol content is below the legal limit.
  2. Friends don't let friends drive drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive a vehicle after consuming alcohol, take their keys and help them make arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
  3. Plan ahead. Whenever you know you will be drinking alcohol, go with a designated driver or utilize other options, such as public transportation bus, train, taxi, or walking.
  4. Operating under the influence will cost you money. The average total cost (fines, fees, surcharges, etc.) for a first time conviction is approximately $7800. Subsequent convictions bring higher costs and imprisonment.
  5. Be aware that alcohol is not the only dangerous impairment. Medications and other drugs can impair judgment and gross motor skills.
  6. If you suspect a person is driving drunk, stay clear of them and promptly call 911 to report the driver to law enforcement.
  7. Be alert. Watch out for cars driving with headlights off at night, driving considerably below the speed limit, or following you or other cars too closely.
  8. Don't bicycle ride drunk. Alcohol impairs your ability to safely ride a bicycle too.
  9. If you're hosting a party, make sure your guests are sober and do not drive intoxicated.
  10. If you can, stay where you are and sleep it off.