The most common advice given to drivers who want to avoid a drunk driving charge is to simply not drive. This is reasonable, but a bit oversimplified. After all, once you start drinking your inhibitions go down, which makes you braver, and your judgement clouds, which makes you more likely to get behind the wheel. With this in mind, here are some things you can do while you are sober to ensure you don’t get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Have a friend drive you to the scene. If you don’t drive yourself there, you aren’t likely to drive yourself home. As long as you trust your friend to remain sober enough to drive at the end of the night, a designated driver is one of the safest ways to have a fun night of drinking without the risk of a DWI.
Give your keys to the bartender/host. Surrendering your keys to a responsible person at the beginning of the night can ensure you won’t get them back until you seem to have sobered up. Seemed is the optimal word here, however. The flaw in this plan is that it’s possible to appear less drunk than you really are.
Take public transportation. If the place you’re heading to is accessible via bus, train, or subway, this can be a great alternative to driving. Your car may be faster, but if you want to avoid a DUI it’s worth it to take the long route.
Call a cab. It’s common for party goers to call a taxi or rideshare to get them home when they’ve had too much to drink. Better still is to take a car service to where you plan to drink. As with having a friend drive you, if you don’t have your car with you then you can’t drive it home.
Plan to spend the night. This only works in certain scenarios, since McClaren’s Pub doesn’t likely have a spare bedroom. However, if you’re going to a friend’s place, consider asking if you can spend the night. Not every host will able to accommodate you, so make sure you get the OK before heading out.
Driving while intoxicated significantly increases the risk of a dangerous accident. In addition, getting caught driving drunk can result in fines of up to $1,000 and up to one year in prison. A DWI conviction can also impact your auto insurance rates or get you dropped by your insurer altogether. The consequences are even harsher for those caught driving drunk on a suspended license.
Contact an attorney right away if you or someone you love has been arrested for drunk driving or any other moving violation in New York. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm have extensive experience fighting DUI charges and other traffic violations in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.