DUI 101: The Drinking and Driving Risk
By: Chris Kramer
We all know that drinking and driving is dangerous and can result in serious consequences; however, people continue to do so. The enforcement of DUI law is an important aspect to keeping citizens safe.
To deter drinking and driving, penalties are meant to be harsh and may include loss of license, substantial fines, mandatory counseling, probation, vehicle seizure and jail time among others. The penalties applied will depend on the specific laws concerning DUI/DWI/OWI in your state, as well as additional factors such as the number of times convicted and any aggravating factors such as property damage or injury caused.
The Dangers of Drinking and Driving
Of course, legal problems aren't the only issue. Everyone's seen the horrific news stories about other consequences of drinking and driving. A drunk driver can be held liable for any property damage or bodily injury he caused; but forget the monetary damage-the physical and emotional scars of a drunken driving accident can haunt a person for the rest of his life.
With the dangers of drinking and driving being so great, it's important to know your options if you've been out drinking. Having a back-up plan can make it easier to hand over the car keys.
Alternatives to Drinking and Driving
When you're in the moment, it can seem like the only way to get home is to "tough it out" and drive yourself. It's easier you think to reach the .08% blood alcohol content (BAC) legal limit-and in some states, the legal BAC is lower than .08% in certain conditions. To a police officer, driving drunk is driving drunk-he doesn't care if you feel just a "little tipsy." Remind yourself that a drunk driving conviction is not worth it.
Consider taking public transportation. No matter how filthy you think the bus seats are, they surely beat being arrested for drinking and driving.
If you don't live near public transportation, call a sober friend or a taxi to pick you up. Some communities even offer "safe rides" where volunteers give free, sober rides home. Know that there's always another option to drinking and driving, and it will always be the better one.
Other Drinking and Driving Resources
If you or someone you know has been charged with drinking and driving, take swift action and have a DUI attorney on your side. To connect with a DUI attorney, fill out our free online DUI case evaluation form or call (877) 349-1311 to schedule a free consultation.