Four Tips to Help Prevent a DWI Arrest
Red and blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror is not how anybody wants to end a fun filled night. A DWI arrest can be damaging both to your personal and professional life. At best you may risk getting your license revoked or paying heavy fines. At worst, you could endanger not only your own life but also those of the people around you, whether they be in your car, in another car, or on the street.
All of these consequences are completely avoidable. Here are a few tips to not only help keep everyone safe but also prevent a DWI arrest.
1. Plan a Safe Ride Home
The easiest way to prevent a DWI arrest is to plan a safe ride home. If you know you’ll be drinking, there are multiple ways you can plan to get home, no matter where you live. You can take a bus, or have the number for a taxi company handy. Mobile apps like Uber and Lyft ensure that a responsible driver will be there when you need one. You can reserve your ride ahead of time, so you don’t even have to wait outside the bar for a taxi to drive by.
If you don’t feel like spending the money on a ride home, then go out with your friends and make sure you have a responsible designated driver. Make sure that he or she understands the responsibility placed upon them and will not drink.
2. Stay the Night
Perhaps you went on a day trip with friends or for business. Or, maybe you’re going into the city for a special event, like New Year’s Eve or Halloween. If you find yourself in a situation where it’s not feasible to call a ride home, play it safe and stay the night. Sleep on a friend’s couch, or get a hotel room. This involves a bit of foresight, and you’ll have to spend a little extra money, but it’s worth it in the end. Planning ahead will save you the time, inconvenience, and potential legal consequences that come with a DWI arrest.
3. Party Responsibly
If you’re planning a party with alcohol, keep your guests’ welfare in mind. Provide plenty of food so no one will be drinking on an empty stomach. Make sure you have alternative drinks like soda, juice, and seltzer. Designated drivers can mix themselves “mocktails” (non-alcoholic drinks that give the impression of alcoholic ones) and not be singled out or feel like they’re missing something. In addition, provide plenty of water.
If you’re attending a party, it’s important to know and abide by your personal limit. Don’t exceed it, and remember to cut yourself off early if you still plan on driving yourself home.
4. Pay Attention
If you notice a friend at a party or bar who has clearly had too much to drink, don’t leave the decision to drive up to them. Take their keys away from them. Though it may appear infantilizing at first, it could ultimately prevent a DWI arrest or worse. You can even call their partner or family member and see if they will come pick that person up and drive them home.
As the host of a party, cut off the alcohol early in the night. That way everyone has an opportunity to sober up before heading home. To that end, start your gatherings early in the day. It gives everyone the opportunity to have a couple drinks and still have a variety of options left to them once the party ends. Public transportation will still be running, and people will be more awake.
Planning Ahead Can Prevent a DWI Arrest
Ultimately, whether you’re hosting, attending a party, hanging out with friends, or going out with a significant other, planning ahead is of vital importance in preventing a DWI arrest. Don’t leave anything up to chance. Plan your way home, and if you’re unable to get home then plan where you will stay. Drinking responsibly can help save not only your life and career but also the lives of all those around you.
If you were unable to prevent a DWI arrest, the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Thomas V. Campo can help you. We deal with a wide variety of practice areas, and can offer you assistance. Time is of the essence to prepare your defense. Contact us today for your free consultation.