It happened south of the Canadian border, but that doesn’t lessen the impact: a year ago, a drunk driving crash claimed the life of a man and his 15-month old son.
A Missouri mom, Destiny Mantia, was the person left behind after her family collided nearly head on with a drunk driver. Her son was killed instantly, and her husband was air-lifted to hospital. A day later, he also died.
More than just sharing her story, Mantia wants people to understand that someone could have stopped the drunk driver before they got behind the wheel of his car. It doesn’t have to be hard to do either: here are a few ways you can stop a drunk driver.
Take away the keys
If you have family or friends who you know have been drinking and you know they have a vehicle with them that they may want to drive, take away their keys. It’s your choice whether or not you tell that person you have their keys, but either way, having them in your possession will stop that person from drunk driving.
Arrange for a ride before that person drinks
If you know you have family members who plan on going out drinking, you can pre-emptively help them find a sober driver to get home. If they use the excuse that they have no money for a cab, give them a cab voucher or pay for an Uber ride to get them home.
Call the police
If all else fails and someone you know is about to drive drunk, contact the police by calling 911. The police know how to pull over a drunk driver, and by calling your friend or family member in, you could save his or her life and the lives of someone they could crash into.
Unfortunately tragic stories like Mantia’s are all too common, but if you take the steps to stop a drunk driver, you could be preventing a tragedy just like this. Read Mantia’s Facebook post, and remember, don’t drink and drive.