‘DRUNK DRIVING’ is ILLEGAL in Ghana, if arrested one faces a fine of GHC 600.00 ($200) or in default serve jail terms for up to three years. People are more likely to ‘drunk drive’ during such festive occasions, individuals therefore need to plan towards parties and engagements where alcoholic beverages are likely to be served. Important to observe the following:
Take public transit (taxi or trotro), or determine who the designated drivers in your group will be and have him or her commit to a ‘zero alcohol’ pledge. As a host, consider limiting your own drinking so you can be more aware of how much your guests are drinking.
If you believe one of your friends is too drunk to drive, ask them for their car keys and call them a taxi. Alternatively you may offer them a spare bed for the night. If you are unable to stop someone who shouldn’t be driving, you will need to call the police – it may be difficult to do when it’s a friend, but the potential for serious or deadly harm to your friend and others is a very real possibility if they get behind the wheel.