Whether you’re the person behind the wheel or the one in the passenger seat, it is still your responsibility to prevent Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) at all times. After all, no one wants the hassle of being pulled over, checked for intoxication, charged for DUI or DWI, and the risk of spending thousands of dollars on fines and months or even years of jail time.
This is why here at Kathy Holton Law, we strongly encourage all our clients that the best way to avoid DUI or DWI charges is responsible prevention and hindsight. Since alcohol alters or greatly affects one’s mood and judgement, it is better to plan ahead. Below are useful tips to always keep in mind before going to a party or drinking place.
Assign a Designated Driver
Among all the tips that we are about to give, this is likely the most effective one. The designated driver, who is assigned either voluntary or by rotation, will hold the keys at all times and at the end of the night guarantee the safe return of all passengers.
Be Aware of BAC Levels
From beers, wines, to hard liquor, all forms of alcohol will be the same to a breathalyzer, which according to experts is not entirely accurate. DUI or DWI is determined when the Blood-Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reaches 0.08% or more. A person’s BAC will continue to rise even after drinking alcohol.
Consider Public Transportation
If there is no designated driver available and your only choice is going home, then maybe you can also consider public transportation. It is better to ask beforehand for safe routes and affordable options in the area.
Manage Drinking Properly
When you’re driving to a party, remember not to drink to get drunk. Keep a slow and steady pacing. It is said that one bottle or glass every 90 minutes or more can keep one’s BAC below minimum. You can also alternate between drinking alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It is also vital to never drink on an empty stomach.
Book a Hotel or Stay in Place Until You Sober Up
If all else fails and you can feel the alcohol taking over, take a step back and look at your alternatives. Ask a friend or relative if you can crash on their couch or check beforehand for possible places to stay in case you get drunk. It is also advisable to call family or someone close to inform them about your whereabouts.
Visit our blog again for more information and insights on DUI. If you or your loved ones are in need of a DUI or DWI defense here in Georgetown, TX, give us a call here at Kathy Holton Law so we can immediately schedule a free consultation. Thank you and have a nice day!