The Arrest Of Heidi Fleiss Reminds Of Drunk Driving Safety

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Driving safety is again the focus of the public attention as Heidi Fleiss is arrested charged with possession of prescription drugs and driving under the influence.

According to The Hannover Insurance Group nearly 18,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the year 2006 - an average of one every half hour. The risk of drunk driving accident rises during holidays when after celebrations people drive while under alcoholic influence. In an instance what is meant to be a cheerful event can turn to tragedy.

In recent years celebrities are particularly in public attention for drunk driving. In the past we have heard Mel Gibson's story, Paris Hilton was sentenced to jail for driving under influence for 45 days and now the story with former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was arrested and charged with possession of prescription drugs and driving under the influence.

Drivers should keep in mind that driving under influence does not only risk their own lives, but also other people's, children and families.

The celebrities that have supposedly become role models and some types of leaders in the society with their political endorsements, should specifically keep this in mind, that people like Heidi Fleiss, Paris Hilton and Mel Gibson should be extra careful when driving under alcohol influence.

Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents

To help reduce the risk your guests will be involved in alcohol-related accidents, The Hanover recommends that hosts take the following important steps:

Planning the Party:

-- Let your guests know ahead of time how you feel about drinking and driving, and their need to be responsible about their alcohol consumption

-- As guests RSVP, confirm each groups' non-drinking designated driver

-- Plan activities to engage your guests, to take the focus away from drinking


-- Provide plenty of high-protein foods, like cheese and meats, to help slow the absorption of alcohol and keep guests from drinking on an empty stomach. Keep in mind, however, that food does not affect the pace alcohol leaves someone's system

-- Avoid salty snacks, like potato chips, that can cause thirsty guests to drink more

-- Plan to offer unique, non-alcoholic beverages, or "mocktails," with clever names for designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol (see example below)

-- If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a fruit juice instead of a carbonated base, which can speed the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream

-- Have the number of a taxi service on hand for anyone who may need a ride, or plan to drive any intoxicated party-goers home

Party Time:

-- Have fun. Remember you are responsible for the safety of your guests, and in some cases, their actions when they leave your party. Good hosts stay in control and don't drink too much in order to make sure guests do the same

-- Never serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age and keep alcohol in a central, visible place, where teen drivers can't "sneak" a drink

-- Never ask children to serve alcohol at parties

-- Don't let guests mix their own drinks. Use a reliable "bartender" who can track the size and number of drinks each guest consumes

-- If a guest is drinking too much, stop serving them and offer them a non-alcoholic beverage

-- Close the bar 90 minutes before the end of the party; use the rest of the party to serve coffee and dessert

-- If guests drink too much, don't let them drive: Drive them home yourself, (leaving another sober guest to fill-in as host while you are gone). Arrange for another guest or a taxi to take guests home, or invite them to stay over.