How to Avoid Drinking and Driving
While it’s easy to think that you won’t ever put yourself in a situation where you could drink and drive, drinking any amount of alcohol can have an adverse effect on your decision-making ability, so it’s important to have alternatives before you take your first drink. In 2016, there were more than 111 million episodes of alcohol-impaired driving, showing just how common it is to drink and drive. If ever you’re pulled over for driving while under the influence in New Jersey, get in touch with our DWI lawyers so that we can represent your case.
Appoint a Designated Driver
One of the most effective ways to avoid getting into a situation where you drink and drive is to appoint a designated driver among your friends before you go to a party, a local bar or even just to a restaurant. This designated driver should be someone who agrees to not drink. Although it can sometimes be difficult to find a friend or family member who wants to be the designated driver, this is the easiest and safest way to avoid getting into a bad situation.
Hide the Keys to Your Car
While designated drivers have proven to be a highly effective way to avoid drinking and driving, one of these drivers might not always be available. It’s also possible that the individual you’ve selected for designated driving responsibilities consumed too much alcohol and is not in the proper condition to drive. In such a situation, there are other options available to you. One option is to hide the keys to your car before drinking. This is mainly applicable when you’ve taken your own vehicle out. The best way to “hide” your keys is to give them to a friend, preferably one who will not be drinking.
Call a Taxi or Private Driving Service
If you’ve drunk too much and you feel that you’re over the New Jersey blood alcohol content limit of .08, you can also consider calling a taxi or private driving service to pick you up and safely take you home. Doing so takes just a minute of your time and only a small amount of money, which won’t be much to pay since you’ll avoid getting into a potentially dangerous and costly situation. You could also consider calling a private driving service like Uber or any other that you’ve used in the past. The important thing is that you think of these options before even considering getting behind the wheel of your car. By making safe decisions, you’ll protect yourself from getting charged with a DWI or causing an accident, both of which can have lasting consequences.
What to Do When Throwing a Party
There are also some things that you can do when throwing a party to make sure that you and your guests do not drink and drive. For one, it’s important that you have nonalcoholic beverages like water, soda and coffee on hand. These are great options for people who may not want to drink alcohol. You should also never pressure people to drink alcohol. Make sure that you have large amounts and a variety of food on hand. You could also consider arranging transportation for guests once your party has concluded or is beginning to wind down.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
If you ever happen to get yourself into a situation where you’ve been arrested and charged with a DWI, our DWI attorneys can provide you with the assistance you require to understand what needs to be done with your case. We can help you fill out any necessary paperwork and give you advice on which legal options you should consider. Schedule a consultation with one of our DWI attorneys to get started.
If you’ve been arrested for a DWI in New Jersey, contact our DWI attorneys to get the representation that you deserve. We’ll help you determine what your next steps should be.