Cinco de Mayo has become a big night out for many people, particularly young adults. Whether meeting a few friends after work or attending a Cinco de Mayo party, those celebrating this year should be sure to take some key steps for safety.
If you are planning to drink on Cinco de Mayo:
• Plan ahead to designate a sober driver before going out to celebrate
• Eat during the evening by enjoying your favorite Mexican foods during the evening
• If you can’t plan ahead, ask a sober friend for a ride home or call a cab or friend or family member to come and get you
• Use mass transit if available
• Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are too impaired to drive.
If you don’t plan to drink this Cinco de Mayo, remember that others do. Find out how to spot a drunk driver, and if you think you see a drunk driver on the road, learn what to do.
Look for these signs of intoxication among other motorists:
• Quick acceleration or deceleration
• Tailgating Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
• Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
• Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
• Stopping without cause or erratic braking
• Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
• Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
• Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
• Straddling the center lane marker
• Driving with headlights off at night
• Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
• Turning abruptly or illegally
• Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road
If you spot what you suspect is a drunk driver, keep your distance and take note of the license plate number, along with the details of the vehicle, including make, model, and color. Then, pull over and call 911.