It is no secret that drunk driving is a major problem both here in Pennsylvania and all across the country. While it is also no secret that the penalties for driving under the influence are severe, that does not stop hundreds of people from doing it a day. According to Drunk Driving Prevention, nearly thirty people in the United States are fatally injured as a result of drunk driving every single day.

One of the best ways to ensure that you do not end up as a statistic is to create a drinking plan. If you and your friends plan to go out for the evening and enjoy a few beverages, it is important to have a plan in place for how to get back home. A good strategy is to designate a sober driver who will not partake in the evening festivities.

Alternatively, planning to split the fee of a rideshare or taxi is a great way to ensure that everybody gets home safe. It does add to the cost of the evening, but dealing with the cost of a DWI in Pennsylvania is even more expensive.

As a protective measure, it is important to ensure that you are driving and up-to-date car with airbags and seatbelts. You never know when you might encounter a drunk driver and end up in an accident.

Finally, it is important to be a role model for the children and teens in your life. Never get behind the wheel if you are even slightly inebriated. Providing a solid role model for your children when they are young will help ensure that they also do not get behind the wheel when they have had too many.