Luck Won’t Keep you Safe this St. Patrick’s Day!

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4-leaf-cloverSt. Patrick’s Day is a popular day to wear green…all green, everything; pinch those who aren’t; have fun at parades (http://www.paradegroup.com/) and enjoy some festive green drinks (if you’re at least 21+ years of age)! We want you to have a great holiday, but to be safe as well! Over St. Patrick’s Day from 2009 to 2014, there were a total of 305 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes. Drunk driving kills over 10,000 people a year in the US, which is 100% preventable! You can bet your Lucky Charms there will be alcohol checkpoints happening and law enforcement on patrol throughout the area surrounding St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish to stay safe this holiday, designate O’ sober driver!

st-patricks-day-beerPlan Before You Party

• Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.
• Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely from your celebrations.
• Check your area for St. Patrick’s Day Safe Ride Home Programs!

Saint-Patrick’s-Day-17-March-2014-Wallpaper Important Things to Remember
• There’s no such thing as “OK to Drive.” Play it safe and never drive after having even one drink. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
• The rate at which alcohol affects you varies and is often based on factors such as alcohol content, body weight, food consumption, and how fast you drink your alcohol.
• Walking home from the bar after a night out partying? That can be dangerous, too. In 2014, 35 percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had BACs of .08 or higher. Get a sober friend to walk home with you.
• If you see someone driving drunk, call 911 (*LSP is also an option in Louisiana) when it’s safe to do so, and give a description of the vehicle and approximate location to law enforcement. With one third of all crash fatalities in the United States involving drunk drivers, it is your business. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives.
• If you know someone who is about to drive drunk or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, take the keys away. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.

Baton Rouge St. Patrick’s Day Safe Ride Home Programs:

DeBossier Injury Lawyer: http://www.dudleydebosier.com/in_our_community_item?id=62103

Uber: New Riders can get $20 off their first ride. http://www.uberbatonrouge.com/promo.php

Find a Four Leaf Clover and Make a Promise to Stay Sober! Drinking & driving is a dangerous crime, and although you may think you are ok to drive, the outcomes can ruin your life…or someone else’s! Enjoy a safe and fun St. Patrick’s celebration.

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about Traffic safety and injury prevention, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Haley Taylor, 2016 Spring SLU Intern

How do you celebrate the 5th of May???

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CincoDeMayo2013Tacos, sombreros, and piñatas are a hit, but so are margaritas, tequila, and beer. With alcohol being such a big part of many people’s Cinco de Mayo festivities, it’s no surprise that drunk driving is especially high on May 5th.

History Lesson: Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in the battle of Puebla. We celebrate in the United States to support the Mexican-Americans who call the U.S. their home. It is often celebrated with parades, music, and festivals.

ALCOHOL can make and most definitely break the celebration. Have fun and enjoy the festivities, but follow the law and be responsible. This holiday has become a big night out for many, particularly among young adults. But it is also a very dangerous night out because of alcohol-impaired drivers. Those celebrating should be sure to designate their sober driver in advance – before the festivities begin.

Preventing drunk driving is as easy as uno, dos, tres:

1)      Plan your ride ahead of time:

  • Designate your sober driver before the fiesta begins; you might even consider paying for their food and non-alcoholic drinks (designated driver has had NOTHING to drink, not the least!)
  • Call a friend, taxi, or use public transportation

2)      If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police. You could save a life.

3)      If you know people who are about to drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

imagesIt’s a real tragedy that 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in our nation in 2012! We’ve got to put a stop to it. Many lives have been lost or shattered due to drunk driving. Death and injury are the worst consequences, but they aren’t the only ones. A DUI can cost you about $10,000, and you could go to jail and lose your driver’s license.

This Cinco de Mayo, law enforcement is cracking down on drunk driving, and those who are caught will be arrested. Refusing a sobriety breath test won’t keep you out of trouble…remember NO REFUSAL!

Remember, drunk driving is never the answer, and there’s always another option. If you are at least 21 and going to drink at all on Cinco de Mayo, designate a sober driver, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER!

If you have any questions or comments about traffic safety and alcohol prevention, please post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Deonka Birdon, 2014 Spring SLU Intern

The Clover can’t Keep you Sober!

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untitledEver thought that you were feeling good enough to drive after having a few drinks? Well the truth is you should never bank on the luck of the Irish. Don’t drink and drive! Drinking and driving is a dangerous crime, and although you may think you are ok to drive, the outcomes of you doing so can ruin your life… or someone else’s.

Give Me One Reason I Shouldn’t!

Well, we can you give you several! You run the risk of losing your driving privileges, spending your pot of gold on a DWI fine, going to jail, embarrassment, trouble getting a job, and let’s not forget hurting yourself or someone else. Louisiana law states that you are “legally drunk” if you have a BAC of .08 (21 and up), and .02 (under 21). How do you know what your BAC level is? You don’t! The only way you can be sure you are not near, at or over the limit is not to drink! Buzzed, tipsy, drunk…it doesn’t matter! You are still intoxicated and the horrible outcomes could still be the same! The fines could range from $1000-$5000. The license suspension can range from 6 months to 2 years. The jail time can range from 2 days to 30 years (drivinglaws.org). But that’s not all! After the 3rd offense, your car could be seized and sold, and you could be admitted into a substance abuse treatment program. Need any more reasons?

Don’t Be Selfish!

Alcohol can cause a decrease in several different skills that are essential when driving. It can decrease your reaction time, concentration, comprehension, and coordination. It can also impair your vision and tracking, which makes it difficult to see clearly and efficiently. When these skills are affected by alcohol, you are susceptible to being involved in a vehicle crash. Think about the people around you who could be affected by poor decisions made by someone who chooses to drink and drive. Drinking and walking could be dangerous too! Intoxicated pedestrians staggering into traffic has proven itself to be an issue as well!

If you are at least 21 and want to go out and have a few drinks, be responsible and have a designated driver. This is the person who has NOTHING to drink, not the least to drink. You could also schedule a taxi to come pick you up from a designated area. After drinking the best decisions aren’t always made, that’s why these decisions should be made before drinking.

Don’t let your luck run out! Drink responsibly or don’t drink at all. The better the choices you make, the easier it will be for you to see the gold at the end of the rainbow.

If you have any questions or comments about traffic safety and alcohol prevention, please post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Deonka Birdon, Spring Intern