St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday! Rumor is that large amounts of alcohol will be consumed that day. If the rumors are true, let’s talk a little bit about how you can be safe this weekend by not allowing others to get behind the wheel (assuming you are a responsible drinker). If you know someone that may drive drunk, you must disciple yourself and intervene!

Step In When It Counts

Below are some helpful tips to get the keys away from a drunk driver:

  • If the person is a close buddy, use your charm. Suggest that he or she had too much to drink and it would be better to let someone else drive or to take a cab.
  • If they still insist – use some humor! Make light of it, just get those keys away.
  • For those who with short tempers after confrontation try to make it sound like you are doing them a favor. Reverse psychology.
  • If you don’t know the person, speak to a sober friend of his or hers and have them make an attempt to persuade him to hand over the keys. Usually, they will listen.
  • If the person is a really good friend, spouse or significant other, it’s time to put your foot down. Tell them that if they insist on driving, you won’t be going with them. You’re better off calling another friend or family member to come pick you up. There is also the cab route too.
  • Become a ninja – take the person’s keys while they are preoccupied. They’ll never know what hit them!
  • Don’t make a scene! Starting a hardcore confrontation will make the “drunk” more vulnerable and visible to law enforcement, and other drunk vigilantes.

-Robert Catalano