Drive Well Vermont

Impaired Driving

A set of car keys in front of some alcoholic drinks.

Impaired driving means being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle.

Why it Matters:

When you drive impaired, you put yourself, your passengers, and other road users at risk of serious injury or death. There’s always another way to get home.

A person refusing alcohol

In 2020 in the U.S.:
11,654 people killed
In drunk-driving crashes
of drivers involved in serious injury and fatal crashes tested positive for at least one drug
SOURCE for distracted driving statistic from the N.H.T.S.A.

What Can You Do?

It’s simple—If you are drinking or under the influence of drugs, DO NOT DRIVE.

  • Plan ahead. Use a designated driver or public transportation to make sure you arrive safely.
  • Call a taxi, ride-hailing service, or a sober friend.
  • If someone you know has been drinking or using an impairing drug, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a safe ride home.
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol or other substances will be used, it’s your job to make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
  • Always wear your seat belt — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

Find out more about how to avoid impaired driving

Drive Well Vermont*** October 31, 2022