One effective way to avoid DUI penalties is to avoid the charge altogether. Here’s what you need to know to stay safer when drinking and attempting to use your own vehicle for transportation. Here’s also what you should understand about getting legal help if you are charged with drinking and driving.
Assess Your Own Blood Alcohol Level
It’s somewhat uncommon to see people checking their own BACs with personal breathalyzer tests, but with their portability and affordability, it makes sense to use them proactively to avoid a DUI charge if possible.
In the past, these devices were traditionally associated with police officers who needed to check a person’s Blood Alcohol Level at the scene or with people who were convicted of drunk driving and were required to blow into a BAC device and register 0.00% to be able to operate their vehicle.
However, responsible alcohol enthusiasts are starting to carry their own BAC device with them in a small purse or wallet so they can check for sure if they’re good to drive home or not.
Avoid Drinking More Than Your Personal Tolerance Level
The amount of alcohol you can consume and still drive safely varies substantially between yourself and other individuals, as well as from day to day. The number of alcoholic beverages you’ve had, the types of beverages they were, how quickly you consumed them, and whether or not you’ve eaten all have an affect on your BAC.
Other considerations to make are biological sex, other drugs you’re taking, and your weight. Know how many drinks are right for you personally, and stop there. If you don’t, have a backup plan, explained below.
Arrange Another Ride Just In Case
Think about having an alternate plan in place before you have your initial drink, in case you get too inebriated to safely navigate your vehicle home. One way to pre-arrange a safe ride is asking a friend who you know won’t be drinking if they’d be okay with taking you home in a pinch if you don’t feel safe at the end of the night.
Alternatively, if driving home isn’t a good option, you could just get an Uber or Lyft home and pick up or have a friend bring it to you the next day.
How to Fight a DUI Charge If You Got One Anyway
If you get arrested for driving under the influence, even if you’re innocent, you need a lawyer to help you navigate the complex legal system. Call Segura & Kiatta, LLP now at 281.570.6400.