Mistakes are a part of life. Sometimes individuals will make mistakes that could potentially put themselves and others at risk, such as drinking and then deciding to get behind the wheel of the car. In fact, in a survey by American Addiction Centers, it was revealed that 53.5% of individuals surveyed felt confident in driving after drinking. However, there are ways to stay safe and avoid DWI-related consequences and charges that come from getting behind the wheel. In this blog, Cole & Martin Attorneys at Law, LLC will explain how.
Making Smart Decisions With Your Keys
One step to practicing safe alcohol consumption is to leave your keys behind. If at all possible, plan for a night out without driving to your intended destination. If you are having a party or are drinking at your own home, you can make responsible decisions with your and your friends’ keys. For example, have a designated area where you can put all keys and keep them safely stored. This can prevent you or someone else from making a poor decision.
Always Designate a Driver
If you are leaving your home and plan on drinking, one key responsible decision to make is to designate someone as a sober driver. This simple decision can help keep you, your friends and family, and others on the roads safe. If you are in a group that routinely goes out together, try rotating designated drivers. This allows everyone to let loose while also remaining safe on the roads.
Try Rideshare Apps
Our phones can prove to be useful tools in terms of getting to our intended destination safely. While it is true that you can also use taxis or public transportation, not all cities have sophisticated systems that can get people to where they need to be in an efficient manner. Using a rideshare app such as Lyft or Uber can provide you with a ride that picks you up and takes you directly to your location.
What Do I Do When Mistakes Occur?
It is not unheard of for an individual to think they are capable of driving after one or two drinks; however, this can still result in a DWI charge. In these instances, it is crucial to work with an experienced attorney to navigate your case. The team at Cole & Martin Attorneys at Law, LLC is ready to help you through this process.