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Drinking and driving is, of course, extremely dangerous and a serious offence, but it’s now known that drunk drivers have been a source of several traffic-related fatalities since 2010, according to a report from The Star.

“Between 2010 and April 2015, a total of 1,035 road accidents were recorded due to the influence of alcohol which resulted in 618 deaths,” said home minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He added that there were also total of 207 accidents that resulted in serious injuries, while 287 caused serious injuries and 15 involved damaged vehicles only.

We probably don’t need to remind our dear readers that you should never, under any circumstances, be driving under the influence of anything as inebriating as alcohol, but we cannot stress enough how dangerous it is. It doesn’t matter how safe you normally drive, or how much of the traffic rulebook you obey when you’re on the road; it all goes down the drain every time your consciousness is tampered by a drink or two.

Having a designated driver is always good practice, but even if you don’t have one and you need to get home after hitting the drinks, there are always other ways of going at it – these days, via apps such as MyTeksi and Uber, a driver is just a tap (and a couple of minutes’ wait) away.

Yes, it’s a hassle to have to return to the bar to collect your car the next day, but it sure beats never reaching home the one time you decide to take the wheel at the end of a night.