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How can you avoid DUI?

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2023 | blog, DUI

Drunk driving poses a serious risk to not only the intoxicated driver but other motorists as well. It can also lead to significant legal trouble in the form of fines, jail time, license suspension and numerous other penalties.

Because the stakes are so high, you must make responsible choices to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. By following a few simple guidelines, you can avoid the many consequences of drunk driving.

Plan ahead for transportation

Before heading out to any social event or party with alcohol, plan your transportation ahead of time. Arrange for a designated driver, meaning someone who will stay sober and take responsibility for driving everyone home safely. If a designated driver is not available, use public transportation, a ride-share service or a taxi.

Use alcohol responsibly

If you choose to consume alcohol, you must do so responsibly. Drinking too much too quickly can impair your judgment and coordination. Remember that the legal drinking limit is 0.08% blood alcohol concentration, and anyone caught driving over the limit will receive a DUI. Also, remember that you may feel the impairing effects of alcohol well before the legal limit.

Stay the night

If you become intoxicated at a friend or family member’s house, it is best to stay the night. Along with intoxication, driving at night can increase the risk of a crash due to low visibility. In this case, ask the person hosting the gathering if you can stay there for the evening before heading out.

As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 Americans lose their lives in drunk driving incidents on a daily basis. The key to preventing drunk driving is to make responsible choices both before and after consuming alcohol. Smart choices help you prioritize the safety of yourself and others on the road.


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