The law not only prohibits impaired driving, but also having the care or control of a vehicle while impaired. Here are some situations that can have the same consequences as impaired driving:
sitting in the driver’s seat, even if the vehicle is stopped or broken down
being in the vehicle (even asleep on the back seat) and having the possibility of starting the engine
being near the vehicle, for example to brush snow off the car or put things in the trunk
Party safely: responsibilities of organizers or hosts
10 tips for organizing a party
Suggest that your guests travel in groups and choose a designated driver.
Organize contests or draws exclusively for designated drivers and give them non-alcoholic drinks.
Offer water and non-alcoholic drinks to your guests so they can alternate.
Have a draw for Cool Taxi coupons.
Display the telephone number of a taxi company or drive-home service.
Serve snacks high in fat and protein (such as dips or cheese on unsalted crackers). Compared to chips, pretzels and other salty foods, they make people less thirsty and therefore less likely to drink more alcohol.
Use a jigger to measure drinks, not guesswork.
Don't drink too much yourself, so you can keep control of the party.
At the end of the evening, offer coffee, tea, water or fruit juice instead of “one more for the road.”
Never let anyone drive impaired. Take them home, have them stay the night, take away their keys or give them money for a taxi, but don't let them leave in their car. Insist on it, make it clear that you disapprove and stick up for others who intervene. If you all insist, it is even better and more effective!
Alcohol-free beer and wine is available. A simple Web search can let you find thousands of tasty and refreshing mocktail recipes. Think about it!