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Each year, approximately one million people across the United States are arrested as a result of driving while under the influence. Despite knowing the dangers of driving while drunk, many people still get behind the wheel after having one too many. Not only are they putting themselves at risk for a DUI arrest, but they’re also putting everyone on the road in danger.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you’ve had too much to drink, remember that you should never try to drive. There are several options that can keep you safe and keep you from putting yourself at risk for a DUI arrest.
Finding another solution may seem inconvenient at the time, but it certainly beats the consequences: ending up in jail, having to spend money on legal fees, and/or dealing with the shame of a DUI charge. Keep reading for the top 5 ways to avoid getting a DUI arrest.
Have A Designated Driver
One thing you don’t want to do if you’ve been drinking is try to ‘sleep it off’ in your car. In the state of Tennessee, you could still be charged with a DUI “if a police officer believes you are in physical control of your car.” With that being said, you should consider letting someone who is sober drive.
If you’re going out with a group of friends, appointing a designated driver is a simple way to make sure that no one has to drive after drinking. However, the key is to make sure that the person who has been selected to be the designated driver doesn’t have any drinks.
By utilizing a designated driver, you can ensure that you won’t even feel tempted to drive after drinking.
Call For A Ride
If having a designated driver isn’t an option, there are plenty of ride services available. Lyft and Uber are available in most states throughout the country. Each service has its own app that can be used to call for a ride. The app will use your phone’s GPS to find your location, and the driver will know exactly where to find you.
Traditional cab services are also a great option. Many local cab companies have phone numbers that are only a single digit which makes them easy to remember.
If all else fails, you should try to call a friend or family member to pick you up and drive you to your destination.
Walk To Your Destination
After a long night of drinking, walking is probably the last thing on your mind. Stumbling through the streets may seem embarrassing, but it’s nowhere near as embarrassing as being arrested on the side of the road and having to make a phone call from jail.
If you live within walking distance of the bar or club you’ve been hanging out at, walking is a definitely an option to consider.
Walking is definitely better than driving, however, in certain circumstances be charged with public intoxication. Public intoxication versus a DUI is a less dangerous and severe charge. It generally won’t put you in danger or others like drunk driving will. Just be careful.
If you live in an area where reliable public transportation is available, this could be your best bet. Not only is public transportation inexpensive, but taking a bus, train, subway, etc, will allow you to sit back and relax while safely getting wherever you need to go.
Book A Hotel/Sleepover
If finding a ride simply isn’t an option, you might have to stay where you are. If you’ve been out at a bar or club, you might want to consider booking a hotel in walking distance.
Sure, this option may cost you a decent amount of money, but driving while under the influence could cost you a lot more. You will have to bail out of jail, hire an attorney, court costs, breathalyzer, probation fees and court costs. Even worse if could cost you or someone else's life.
If you’ve been partying over a friend’s house, you should consider sleeping on their couch until you are sober enough to drive.
More Info On Avoiding A Dui Arrest
As you can see, there are lots of ways to avoid putting yourself in a situation where you can get a DUI.
If you’d like to get more information on the local laws surrounding DUI, if you or someone you know has recently been arrested for driving under the influence or Public Intoxication, contact attorney Brian Lee Nash today at (615) 628-7555.