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Tips to Prevent Drinking and Driving

Tips to Prevent Drinking and DrivingWe’ve all been there before. You are out at a social gathering celebrating a special life event, or maybe just life in general, enjoying your favorite drink with coworkers, friends, or family. Then it comes time to say farewell and head home.

You settle up your tab, say your goodbyes, and walk to your car, keys in hand. But wait… how many drinks did you actually consume? Before you get behind the wheel, think about how your next actions may impact your life and the lives of others.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can be very dangerous. It’s worth repeating the widely-known facts: alcohol lowers your ability to make sound decisions; you may misjudge how influenced you are by alcohol, and it can cause you to drive recklessly, resulting in accidents that can cause serious injury or even death.

Here are some basic tips on how to prevent drinking and driving. It’s up to you to keep yourself, your family and your friends as safe as possible when consuming alcohol.

Have Cab Numbers Easily Available

Thankfully, most cab companies try to make it as easy as possible for you to remember their numbers, by making them all the same digit, for example 444-4444. You can also text most cab companies via a 6-digit number with your address to come pick you up. This is a great way to keep your level of intoxication on the down-low if you’re out with coworkers, for example.

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Similarly, if you see a friend or family member who has had too many drinks to drive, take it upon yourself to bring up the conversation of calling a cab, and tell them you would be happy to call the cab for them. Then make sure they actually get into the cab with an address for the driver to take them where they are going.

Encourage Ride Services Such As Uber and Lyft

If you live in a major city such as Los Angeles, you have access to low-cost ride services such as Uber and Lyft. Take advantage of these apps when you are out having drinks. Also, encourage everyone, especially older generations who may not know how to use these, to use them. Sit them down if you have to and show them how to install it, add their credit card number and call for a driver. These technologies make our lives easier and safer.

Designate a Sober Driver

This is an oldie but a goodie. If you often go out with a group of coworkers, friends, or family, it makes sense that you each take turns being the designated driver. If this turns into a point of contention, take the human element out of it, and just draw straws to see who drives for the night.

Take Car Keys Away

If you’re hosting a party, you can have everyone drop their keys in a bowl upon entering and only give them back to the driver when you have determined they are safe to drive. Alternatively, if you are out with friends and you encounter a stubborn drunk friend who is insisting on driving their vehicle, just take their keys away from them. They will be mad at you for a moment, but will thank you the next day when they wake up alive and not in jail.

Jon Artz is one of the most experienced DUI lawyers in Los Angeles with over 40 years in practice. 99% of his clients stay out of jail and keep their license. Contact Jon today by filling out the form, or call him at 310-820-1315 for a free consultation with no obligation.

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