Outdoor cheers
Outdoor cheers
There is nothing like summertime barbecues, street festivals and camping in your favorite destinations. In Central Oregon we wait practically 8 months for this time of year. But with rising populations and DUII’s at an all-time high in our developing cities, there is a growing demand for awareness on the road.

The time frame between Memorial Day and Labor Day have been deemed “The 100 Deadliest Days” for drivers, in particularly teenagers. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 5.8% of teens ages 16 and 17, and 15.1% of 18 to 20 year old’s reported driving under the influence of alcohol in 2010. The U.S. Department of Transportation found that a total of 3,115 teens ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes that year, and about 2 out of 3 fatalities were males.

As we jump into summer, let’s discuss some ways that we can avoid drinking and driving.

Uber/Lyft/Taxi

Ubers, Lyfts and cabs are the most convenient way to get around. With just a few simple touches of your phone, a designated driver is available to you. Whether you need to get to the other side of Bend, Sisters or Prineville, your cab ride will be less money than a DUII.

Camp

Everyone loves to have a couple of delicious craft beers by the river this time of year. Oftentimes, however, after throwing back a few IPA’s, people assume that if it’s still light out, they won’t get caught drinking and driving. That is not the case. Keep your camp gear in your trunk and if you’ve had one too many, just stay where you are.

 Designate a Driver

This is the oldest trick in the book. If an Uber isn’t something that is available to you, consider lining up a friend to be the sober driver for the night, before anyone has any drinks. Offer them dinner or fill up their gas tank in exchange for them getting you around safely. Also, consider switching off weekends to be the designated driver. 

Call a Friend or Family Member

If you end up in a bad situation, call a friend or a family member and ask them for help. They can either call you a cab, or come get you themselves. None of your loved ones want to see you in trouble or injured.

With the amount of breweries and distilleries, it’s hard not to go out and drink in Central Oregon. This summer, be sure to plan ahead, be prepared, and never get behind the wheel while intoxicated. And remember, Play Hard, Play Safe.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUII, call us at 541.241.6657.