Every single year, drunk drivers are responsible for killing thousands of innocent people. Besides that, these intoxicated motorists are also putting their lives on the line. Being a central nervous system depressant, alcohol can greatly impair judgement and motor skills, turning a car into a death trap. On that note, if you ever do see a drunk person trying to get into a car, try to stop them at all costs. Even if the person is a friend or a family member, you will be doing them and the public a great favor by stopping them (or in the most severe case) calling the police on them. Above all else, you must never feel guilty about reporting these people. Consider it the same action as reporting a shooter with a loaded gun. Here is why you should also call in a report about a drunk driver.
How to Handle a Drunken Relative
So, what are you supposed to do if the driver is a relative, like your mother or brother? Should you call the cops to prevent them from getting behind the wheel? The obvious answer to this question is “yes, you should.”
Of course, you will want to confront them initially. Make sure they don’t get behind the wheel by confiscating their keys or preventing them from getting in the vehicle. If they do not comply, though, you should take the same action you would take with a stranger. Think about this: how would you feel if your brother or sister died and you could have saved them by calling the cops? You would regret that decision forever. Remember, reporting them is an act of love.
Fast Ways to Report
Timing is everything, especially when you are dealing with a drunkard. Of course, the best way to report a potential drunk driver is the old-fashioned method of dialing 9-1-1, but, as strange as this may sound, some traffic violations like DUIs are not considered viable emergencies. In this case, you can dial 4-1-1 to contact your local law enforcement or contact “Crime Stoppers,” which can be found in numerous areas across the country. As another alternative, you can contact the Highway Patrol.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol is a dangerous drug that can and will eventually inflict tremendous damage on your mind, body, and social life. Ultimately, if you do decide to separate yourself from alcohol altogether, bear in mind that you can possibly suffer from dangerous, life-threatening side effects, including delirium tremors. However, alcoholics and alcohol abusers are at their most dangerous points when they sit behind the wheel of a car and drive while intoxicated. Never let a friend, relative, or stranger drive drunk. Are you suffering from a form of alcohol use disorder? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is suffering from this problem, as well? In both cases, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the rehabilitation process and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle.
If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to put a stop to your alcohol use disorder today.