Sadly, 1 person was killed every 45 minutes in the U.S. from drunk driving in 2020. That was just over 11,650 people, or about a quarter of Urbandale's population. Let's be honest, having a drink of alcohol is a century old tradition and often enjoyed during a holiday meal or party. People who drink aren't bad people, they just make bad decisions. Why? Because that is what alcohol does. Alcohol is a substance that reduces the functions of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination.
What should you do? First, make the clear-headed decision not to drive before you are going to drink, and have a plan. That plan could be taking a taxi or rideshare service (for example Uber or Lyft), having a designated driver or spending the night at the place you're drinking (for example a friend's home). Having the plan already established will help when the alcohol you've drunk starts to cloud your judgement.