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MADD: Party Like a Boss to Prevent DUIs

PHOTO: Party hosts should not hesitate to intervene to prevent a guest from driving while drunk. That's the message to Marylanders from MADD. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
PHOTO: Party hosts should not hesitate to intervene to prevent a guest from driving while drunk. That's the message to Marylanders from MADD. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
December 30, 2014

BALTIMORE - Impaired driving-related crashes took 152 lives in Maryland last year, and the holiday season is considered a dangerous period for the risk of a crash. The Maryland Department of Transportation recently teamed up with Jan Withers, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, to unveil a smart-phone app designed to prevent drunk driving.

The ENDUI (end DUI) app instantly locates the nearest taxi service or public transportation option, estimates Blood Alcohol Concentration and has skill tests to gauge reaction times. Withers is also encouraging party hosts to intervene if a guest has had too much to drink and is about to get behind the wheel.

"People are hesitant to do that," says Withers. "I used to be hesitant to do that, thinking, 'Oh, I don't want to get involved,' or, 'They're going to be upset with me,' but I totally look at it differently now."

More than 23,000 people were arrested for DUI in Maryland last year.

Withers suggests, sober transportation options be part of holiday party planning.

"Ideas like phone numbers for alternative transportation, or make plans with their friends on how to get home safely," she says. "A couple of hours before the end of the night, make sure you're not serving alcohol any more."

Maryland DOT estimates about one-third of fatal crashes are connected to impaired drivers.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD