Today’s Editorial December 28: Help keep drunks off roads

We’re headed in to another long holiday weekend and as it approaches, we make our annual plea for drinkers to not drive.

But no matter how many times we say it, some people just don’t get it.

The more a person drinks, the more his ability to make crucial driving decisions becomes impaired.

After just one drink, a driver can begin to lose his ability to perform the tasks necessary to drive a car: braking, steering, changing lanes, and using judgment to adjust to changing road conditions.

At a certain point, a driver will become legally intoxicated and can be arrested for attempting to operate a motor vehicle.

And despite all of this knowledge, we know that people will continue to drink and drive, especially at this time of year.

So what can you do to protect yourself?

For starters, wear a seatbelt and make sure any young children in the car are in child safety seats.

While it should go without saying, we’re going to say it anyway. Never get in a car operated by someone who has been drinking. Call a taxi or get a non-drinking friend to take you home.

You should also report drunk drivers to police. Pull off the road and use your cell phone to do so.

And if you see someone driving erratically, stay as far from them as possible.

Maybe we can’t do anything to stop foolish people from drinking and climbing behind the wheel of a vehicle, but we can help protect ourselves.

Be vigilant while out and about this weekend and into the New Year.

And remember, it’s not just the drunk drivers causing the problems on the roads; it’s also the speeders and those with just plain bad driving habits.

We want everyone in the Cayman Islands to enjoy themselves by ushering in the New Year, but we also want everyone safe and alive to see what 2007 has in store.

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