A fun night with your friends and loved ones can easily turn sour when it comes to driving under the influence (DUI). In addition to potentially causing injuries and property damage, a DUI also incurs legal penalties like fines, jail time, and loss of your license.
While few people set out for the night with the goal of getting a DUI, it does happen all too often. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid DUI and ensure you remain in the good graces of the law. Here are a few methods to keep in mind.
Make a plan for the evening
If you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages, make a plan before you leave that helps you avoid drinking and driving. If you are going to another person’s home, ask if you can spend the night to avoid a DUI. You can also plan an evening within the neighborhood where you live, which means you can make your way home without driving.
Select a designated driver
If you are going out with a group of people, ask one person to act as the designated driver. This person will refrain from drinking for the night to ensure you and others in your party can safely make your way home at the end of the evening. You can also switch designated driver duties every time you go out to ensure fairness.
Arrange a ride home
If you cannot spend the night and are unable to secure a designated driver, seek out alternate transportation. Along with taxis, ride-share services are an excellent way to enjoy a safe and fun evening.
In the event you are driving with a person who appears impaired, seek out another ride or alternate accommodations. In the same respect, encourage the person to forgo driving for the night to avoid a major accident.