There’s something far more dangerous on Valentine’s Day than forgetting the flowers, chocolates, or dinner reservations: drinking and driving. If your plans with the one you love include a night out, plan ahead for a sober ride, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
In 2017, 10,874 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers. In case you need to be reminded, it’s illegal everywhere in America to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Not surprisingly, the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2017 was 3.6 times higher at night than during the day. Shockingly, however, among those who died in drunk driving crashes in 2017, 68 percent were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC nearly twice the legal limit.
If you’re making Valentine’s Day plans, plan for a sober ride. Wherever you live, you’ve got options: ridesharing, taxis, and public transportation. Think of it as part of the fun of your Valentine’s date; who wouldn’t want a chauffeured ride to take them around town on their special night out? You can also use NHTSA’s SaferRide app for Android and Apple devices to help you find a safe ride.
If you need more convincing, think of the person you most want to spend time with on Valentine’s Day. Then imagine where you’d be without them because you or someone else made the dangerous and selfish choice to get behind the wheel after drinking. That’s why we remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Love means never having to say you’re sorry you took a life while driving drunk.
A cocktail or wine with a fancy dinner should be a small part of a beautiful, lasting memory, not the prelude to a deadly, drunk driving crash. This Valentine’s Day and every day after, share the love by spreading the word that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—and by always driving sober. That’s a Valentine you can share with everyone.