Anyone who drinks will be faced with the decision to drive while they are impaired, at some point in their life. Every time this choice surfaces the answer should be easy… Say no. However, statistics show over 1.4 million people are arrested for driving under the influence every year. Here are a few easy ways to combat driving when you are impaired:
1. Have a responsible designated driver
Sometimes it is as easy as asking one of your friends to be the designated driver for the evening. When out with a group of friends it is common for people to draw straws, play paper rock scissors, or flip a coin to decide who the designated driver for the night will be. At any rate assigning the designated driver before the party begins is crucial. Responsible drivers will care more about the lives of their friends than a crazy night on the town. Plan ahead and think about who will drive.
Many people go out to places that are relatively close to where they live. College students are a great example of this, as they usually head to a friend’s house down the street or to the local bars. Though driving is often much faster, walking is a better alternative for several reasons. First, you don’t have to pay for parking; this is often just as expensive as a cover. Second, you don’t have to worry about finding parking which can be a headache on busy weekends. Third, you know for a fact you don’t have a choice of driving and you eliminate all temptation of driving under the influence.
3. Call a cab / Take public transportation
Calling a cab is expensive but a $50 cab ride beats $5000 in fines, court fees and insurance rates. Public transportation isn’t always available late at night but if you find yourself out for a weekend lunch or midday sporting event this could be a viable alternative to drinking and driving.
4. Get a Hotel / Spend the night
In some cases it might be cheaper and more logical to just walk to the nearest hotel and post up for the evening. Many people end up at friends’ houses and could easily stay a few extra hours until they are sober enough to drive home.
Smart decisions like these can make the difference between life and death. Driving under the influence drastically increases the chance for serious and fatal accidents. If you choose to drink and drive and find yourself facing charges of DUI/DWI or OUI contact The Naegle Law Firm. We are leaders in DUI cases in the Phoenix Arizona area. We specialize in DUI and DWI cases.