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11. Driving Under the Influence

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Drugs & Impaired Driving

Avoiding Impaired Driving

You can avoid driving while impaired by:

  • abstinence from drinking alcohol
  • using public transportation
  • appointing a designated driver
  • staying where you are until sober
  • drinking responsibly at home
  • encouraging friends to stay overnight if you think they may be impaired
  • letting sober persons drive your car for you
  • The goal of the "designated driver" approach to dealing with drinking and driving is to encourage one individual within a group to abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages during an outing so that he or she can be responsible for driving the other members of the group safely. Many licensed eating and drinking establishments participate in the designated driver program by providing complimentary nonalcoholic beverages to the designated driver.

    To serve as a designated driver you:

  • must possess a valid driver license
  • should be at least 21 years of age (so that you can accompany your friends)
  • must be part of a group of two or more persons
  • must verbally identify yourself to the server
  • must abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages for the duration of the outing
  • must not be an otherwise impaired driver
  • The highest incidence of DUI begins in the late afternoon, continues through the early hours of the morning and is greater on weekends. DUI peak times are from 10:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m. This is due to the fact that many persons begin drinking after work and on outings during the weekend, especially in the evening.

    Intoxicated drivers may drive at unreasonably fast or slow speeds, make frequent and unnecessary lane changes, pass and change lanes erratically, follow too closely, overshoot or ignore stop signs and signals, including stopping at green lights, weave, fail to turn on or dim headlights, straddle lanes, and have difficulty negotiating curves.

    It is important to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and that of a suspected intoxicated driver. This may require you to pull over to let them pass by. Remember that it is safer to have an impaired driver in front of you rather than behind you. If possible, you should notify law enforcement of a suspected drunk driver. Many communities have drunk driver hotlines. You should become familiar with the number in your area.

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    Lesson 11 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

    1. If you are under 21, the zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving will revoke your license even if your BAC is as low as what percent?


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    2. Alcohol is a:


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    3. Designated Drivers:


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    4. After completing all 11 lessons and then passing the final test, your certificate of completion of driver education will be:


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    5. BAC stands for:


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