Hazards on the road are inevitable. Distracted driving, road construction, and reckless driving are just a few hazards to name; however, this piece will be discussing a matter that we can all pitch in to eliminate.
Driving under the influence isn’t just reckless, its life-threatening. The consequences of driving under the influence is enough for some people to avoid drinking and driving; however, others underestimate the dangers. Don’t drink and drive. If you’re going to consume alcohol, consider these alternative options to avoid getting behind the wheel:
The impact of technology has revolutionized every aspect of our lives. With our smartphones, we can find a place to eat, facetime a family member hundreds of miles away, and even find a way home after a few drinks. There are many companies that have developed apps compatible with smartphones such as Uber and Lyft. These companies were designed to keep you safe after a night of drinking so that you can eliminate the risk of causing harm to yourself and others.
Simply schedule a pickup location and a drop off destination and you’re home, safe and sound. This is one of the most effective ways to avoid your chances of getting a DUI ticket.
Phone a Friend
If your city doesn’t offer these services, check to see if a taxi or cab service is available. If not, try to call a good friend or family member and explain your situation. Although you might feel as though it’s an inconvenience, it could save you money from a heavy fine and even jail time.
Try to establish a ride home beforehand just in case the night continues longer than expected. Take the opportunity to let your designated driver know your whereabouts so that they can easily find you if you’re in need of a ride.
Location, Location, Location
For those in an urban area, consider the distance from your home and your location. Many cities offer bus transportation, subways, and there’s always the opportunity to get some exercise by walking back to your home.
If drinking is what you plan to do, make sure that you’re familiar with your surroundings and plan accordingly. Planning around your night before consuming alcohol will allow you the opportunity to follow the step that you’ve set for yourself to avoid getting behind the wheel of your vehicle.
In 2016, it was reported that 6101 accidents were caused by alcohol-impaired young drivers in Texas. Studies have shown that this rate has slightly decreased since 2012; however, the results of drinking and driving are disastrous.
The concept is simple and preventable. Drinking and driving don’t pair together. It’s against the law and it’s deadly. Be responsible and do your part by drinking responsibly. Utilize the services and resources available for a safe and sound journey home.