Why would you ever consider getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking or using drugs? Let’s face it – there’s no good reason and quite honestly, there are so many easy ways to prevent it.

A DUI is nasty. You end up getting arrested and booked in a police station, you have to hire a lawyer, you miss time at work, and here in Maryland, your car is likely going to be fitted with an interlock device that you must blow into every time you start your car. Try impressing a date or co-workers with that. Or better yet, try explaining that to kids.

Even worse, impaired driving often ends up in needless tragedy. Every year more than 160 lives are lost in Maryland in crashes involving impaired drivers and thousands more are injured.

A DUI is just not worth the risk of a night out. So do yourself a favor – make a plan to always have a safe and sober ride. Designate a sober driver, have a cab company’s number on hand, or call a rideshare. Worst case, call someone that you know will come get you. In the end, you will get home safe and others won’t get hurt either.

There is NEVER a good reason to drive while impaired and if you’re a passenger, the worst thing you can do is get in the car with an impaired driver. Speak up. Get them a ride along with yourself and if you have to take their keys to keep them from driving, you’re doing them a favor in the long run.

Law enforcement across Maryland is committed to removing impaired drivers from our roads. They are stepping up enforcement to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to impaired driving.

Just drive sober. Every time. One time under the influence is one time too many.