Drunk driving has always been a severe issue in the United States. Every year people lose their lives due to people getting behind the wheel after having some alcoholic beverages. The main reason that people have created organizations against drunk driving (MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving; SADD – Students Against Destructive Decisions) is that drunk driving does not only impact the lives of the people who choose to get behind the wheel while they are intoxicated. Drunk driving can affect the lives of innocent drivers on the road who are hit by someone who is intoxicated. Driving while under the influence can also affect the families of the drunk drivers and the victims. Many people stand behind the idea that the cost of a cab ride home is much less than the value of the life of someone else. To avoid endangering your life and the lives of others, it is important to avoid getting in the car after you have had any alcoholic beverages.
Creating a Plan is Key
Many people go out each night saying that they will only have a couple of beers so that they will be perfectly able to drive home safely at the end of the night. While it may be true that you can have a couple of beers and be able to stay under the legal limit to drive home, that does not mean that your abilities will be unimpaired. Even after only one beer, your brain and body will feel some of the effects of alcohol. Whether this means that your vision is a little impaired or your reflexes are not as fast, you are not able to drive home completely safely after having any alcohol. The other problem with saying that you will only have two beers before you leave at the end of the night is that two often turns into three or more, and at the end of the night, you are left without a safe plan to get home because you were originally planning on driving.
The best way to avoid getting a DUI at the end of the night is to make a plan to get home safely each night. Do not rely on yourself to only have one or two beers because if you are drinking at all, then you should not plan to drive. There are many plans you can make including finding a designated driver who will not drink alcohol that night. Plan to call a cab or order an Uber to take you home at the end of the evening. You can stay at a hotel across the street from the concert venue or bar that you are going to.
Having a plan will prevent you or any of your friends from driving while under the influence and this could save you some of the costs associated with a DUI as well as the life of an innocent driver on the road. However, should you find yourself in this unfortunate circumstance, you need to rely on the experience of a DUI lawyer. He will be able to assist you in navigating the course of action needed to keep this mistake from ruining your life.