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Impaired drivers put everyone at risk.

Make the smart choice and plan for a sober ride home – before the party begins.

Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE

Drive Sober

She's down to party, not get behind the wheel. BE LIKE HER. BE DRIVEN NOT TO DRIVE.




Gauging the Effects of Alcohol

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) refers to the percent of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream. In Delaware, a person is legally intoxicated if they have a BAC of .08% or higher. BAC is affected by many things, including the amount of alcohol consumed, the period of time in which it was consumed, gender, body weight and body fat percentage. Only the passage of time will lower a BAC.

Learn more here.

Select a BAC level to see the typical effects of alcohol on you and your driving.


Blood Alcohol Concentration

.02% .05% .08% .10% .15%

Effects on You

  • Some loss of judgment
  • Relaxation
  • Slight body warmth
  • Altered mood
  • Exaggerated behavior
  • May have loss of small muscle control (e.g., focusing your eyes)
  • Impaired judgment
  • Lowered alertness
  • Release of inhibition
  • Muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision, reaction time and hearing)
  • Harder to detect danger
  • Judgment, self-control, reasoning and memory are impaired
  • Clear deterioration of reaction time and control
  • Slurred speech, poor coordination and slowed thinking
  • Far less muscle control than normal
  • Vomiting may occur (unless this level is reached slowly, or if a person has developed a tolerance for alcohol)
  • Major loss of balance

Effects on Your Driving

  • Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of a moving target)
  • Decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention)
  • Reduced coordination
  • Reduced ability to track moving objects
  • Difficulty steering
  • Reduced response to emergency driving situations
  • Concentration
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Speed control
  • Reduced information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search)
  • Impaired perception
  • Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
  • Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing

DUI-Involved Crashes in Delaware

2015 - 2019

The Arrive Alive DE Visualizer is a first-of-its-kind interactive heat map tool that represents the hot spots of DUI -involved crashes in Delaware – with zoom in and out functionality. With this tool, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is educating motorists on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs and even legal prescriptions. If your plans include alcohol, be sure to line up a designated driver. And before you get behind the wheel, know the effects of drugs on your driving. Let’s Be Drug Aware and Drive Sober so we can all Arrive Alive.

46% of impaired-involved crashes occur between 9 P.M. and 2 A.M.

45% of traffic fatalities were related to impairment.

Arrive Alive DE Visualizer

DUI-Involved Crash Tool

Zoom using the + and – controls, or with your thumb and forefinger.



A Sobering Reality

Impaired Driving Simulator

This is our augmented reality tool to help you see the potential effects of impairment on driving. Select “sober” then toggle to “impaired” to see how the view may change for a driver under the influence.

Warning: Some flashing lights sequences or patterns may affect photosensitive viewers.

Disclaimer: The tool has been developed to simulate the effects of alcohol impairment on driving. The driver in the video did not film while operating the vehicle and is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All impaired effects are computer-generated.

What's Your DUI.Q.?

How well do you know the facts about alcohol, drugs and their effects on your driving? Take our quiz. The more you understand, the safer you’ll be on Delaware roadways.

  • QUESTION 1 / 9

    Cannabis makes you a better driver.

    Your choice is

    This is a myth. Like other drugs, cannabis affects your ability to drive, decreasing your coordination and slowing reaction times.

  • QUESTION 2 / 9

    Alcohol is a stimulant.

    Your choice is

    Alcohol is actually is a depressant, which slows down the electrical processes in the central nervous system, impairing your ability to drive.

  • QUESTION 3 / 9

    When drugs are mixed, the impairing effects of the dominant drug will be felt.

    Your choice is

    Drug combinations are unpredictable. They can enhance or impact the impairing effects in uncertain ways.

  • QUESTION 4 / 9

    Law enforcement will not issue a DUI to a driver impaired by prescribed drugs.

    Your choice is

    Whether your impairment is the result of a prescribed, over-the-counter or illegal drug, you can still be arrested for DUI, so always read and follow your prescription labels.

  • QUESTION 5 / 9

    You can still be a “designated driver” if you have just one drink.

    Your choice is

    Any amount of alcohol in your system can have an effect on your driving performance – more than you know.

  • QUESTION 6 / 9

    In Delaware, one-third of all fatal traffic crashes involve drunk drivers.

    Your choice is

    This fact mirrors the national statistics for fatal crashes which result in approximately 10,000 U.S. deaths each year.

  • QUESTION 7 / 9

    As long as I eat something, I can drink and drive safely.

    Your choice is

    While food can delay the absorption of alcohol into your body, it cannot prevent it. If you plan to drink, be sure to arrange for a ride home.

  • QUESTION 8 / 9

    Hard liquor is more intoxicating than beer and wine.

    Your choice is

    Beer, wine, and liquor all contain the same kind of alcohol (ethanol). All things being equal, one standard drink should produce the same level of intoxication.

  • QUESTION 9 / 9

    Coffee and cold showers are good ways to sober up more quickly.

    Your choice is

    The fact is, only time can remove alcohol from your body.

You Can't Drive Safely If You're Impaired

That’s why it’s illegal everywhere in the United States to drive while under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs or even drugs prescribed by your doctor if misused. While they all carry the same severe penalties, different substances can affect you in different ways.


Alcohol, marijuana and other drugs:
Decrease coordination, judgment and reaction times

Cocaine and methamphetamine:
Can make you more aggressive and reckless

Two or more drugs combined (including alcohol):
Can amplify the impairing effects of each drug

Some prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs:
Can cause extreme drowsiness, dizziness and other side effects


Delaware offers personalized substance abuse care through START (Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Transformation), a program that makes it easier to get the help you need, from start to finish. Services include:

  • Gateway and peer support
  • Substance use screening and assessment
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Short- and long-term residential treatment
  • Hospitalization
  • Outpatient program
  • Social services
  • Goal setting
  • Housing & transportation
  • Behavioral health counseling
  • Case management
  • Community-based services
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How to plan a safe ride.

Impaired drivers can’t accurately assess their own impairment. If you plan to drink, make sure you have a safe way home. Here are some options to keep you—and everyone else—safer on Delaware’s roadways.

Use a Rideshare Service
Call a Cab

New Castle County

Delaware Concierge Taxi, LLC


Castle Ride


Champion Transportation Services


Checker Cab


Abe Taxi


Kent County

Captain Taxi


Sussex County

Beach Ride Taxi


Dewey Beach Taxi