Keep Others Safe

The world is full of influences. What kind will you be?

In order for Oklahomans to prevent the lethal consequences of impaired driving, we need more everyday people to step in and intervene. ENDUI encourages everyone to lead by example and speak out when you think someone might drive under the influence.

To help stop drinking and driving, you just need the right tools, preparation and confidence to address the issue. To confront the deadly consequences of driving while impaired, ENDUI has provided some simple tips for anyone to become a positive influence in their community.

Before Drinking: How To Prepare

  • Plan transportation before you go anywhere alcohol will be served.
  • Take turns with friends to be the designated non-drinking driver.

During Drinking: How To Intervene

If you believe someone is about to drive impaired, use the following tips to mediate the problem:

  • Tell the person that he/she has had too much to drink and they need to find an alternative way to get home.
  • If you don’t know the person well, speak to his/her friends and ask them to intervene.
  • If you went to the event with this person, do not leave with him/her. Insist that the two of you will call someone else for a ride, take a cab or walk.
  • If necessary, take the keys away; find a safe ride home or a safe place for the person to stay.

After Drinking: How To Protect

Know the signs of alcohol poisoning. If you see anyone displaying the following signs, seek proper medical attention:

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Passing out (unconsciousness and can’t be awakened)

It’s not necessary for a person to have all these symptoms before needing medical care. Alcohol poisoning is a lethal emergency. If you have to think twice about it, then you should call 911.