There is a lot of attention paid to teen drivers because teens are new both to driving and (underage) drinking. We understandably want to protect them, but it shouldn’t be done at the cost of forgetting about other drivers. Often, it is not teen drivers who cause Virginia drunk driving accidents. Instead, it is older and more experienced drivers.
There are various reasons why older drivers drink and drive. It could be that they think they can hold their liquor well or that they overestimate their own driving skills. Regardless of the reason, it is important to talk with your spouse, parent, or other loved one about the risks of drunk driving.
You can set boundaries. You can refuse to get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. You can refuse to allow your children to get in a car with a driver who has been drinking. You may decide to take over the driving when your loved one has been drinking. You need to do what works for your family and keeps everyone safe.
It is also important to know what to do if you’ve been hurt by a drunk driver. If you, or your loved one, has been hurt by a drunk driver in Virginia, call us for a free consultation. We can be your advocate.