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3: Analyze Your Circumstances

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Driving While Impaired

Impaired driving doesn’t necessarily mean drinking alcohol. It can mean any use of drugs like marijuana, cocaine or even prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that impair your ability to safely navigate a moving vehicle. Of course, most of the suggestions below address drinking and driving, but they also can apply to anything else that impairs driving. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:

  • Designate a nondrinking driver when you are with a group of friends. 
  • Take keys away from friends who have been drinking. 
  • Call a taxi or get a ride home — you can get your car when you’re sober.
  • Remind guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver if you host a party. 
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