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Drive safely, grads! Make sure graduation season is safe

By Ken Gibson on April 24, 2015

Spring means high school and college graduation for many in our area. For some, celebrating includes drinking alcohol. (Of course the legal drinking age is 21, and violations for underage possession of alcohol can mean steep penalties.) But if you or a loved one are of legal age and choose to drink, we at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys want to make sure you stay safe by following a few tips:

1. If you’re drinking, designate a 100-percent sober driver.
The only completely safe approach is for a designated driver not to drink at all. Even one drink can impair a driver.

It’s illegal to drive with blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent. For a 120-pound woman, just one small glass of wine can mean blood alcohol content of 0.04, which can significantly affect driving. For a man of 180 pounds, just two beers can result in 0.04 blood alcohol content with similar results. Any amount of alcohol can be risky if not accompanied with food.

2. If you’re drinking, consider a local driver or taxi service.
Using a local driver or taxi can be an enjoyable and reasonably priced way to ensure that everyone in your party has a safe and carefree night out.

In Gloucester and surrounding areas, try “Get U there Designated Driver” Sammy Larrimore, phone (804) 815-1669. His rates are reasonable at $15 to $20 per hour.

Another local option is Frank Butler at Metrotec Taxi in Mathews, (804) 824-1428. He offers a car and driver for an evening in Gloucester, Mathews, or Middlesex for $100. Call for rates for shorter times and distances.

3. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Offer to drive them or call a taxi or driver for them.

4. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement immediately. Your actions could save a life. Do not try to pass a drunk driver. Try to stay as far back from the driver as possible and call 911. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.

We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys wish you a safe and happy graduation!

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