During the summer months, many often take the opportunity to kick back with friends and enjoy a few drinks. Unfortunately, not everyone is responsible when it comes to consuming alcohol, which is why drunk driving accidents tend to increase during this particular season. It is important for everyone to remember that, even in the midst of a good time, being safe and not putting the lives of others in danger is something that should never be ignored.
Here are some ways in which you and your friends can look out for one another during the summer and avoid a DUI arrest or an accident caused by drunk driving:
- Do not drive drunk: Sounds simple, but it still happens at an alarming rate. If you plan on drinking, take the time to also plan your transportation back home, whether it involves getting a ride with a sober friend (designated driver), a ridesharing service, a bus, train, or subway. Whatever you can do to make sure you do not end up behind the wheel of a vehicle while inebriated, plan it in advance so do not find yourself in a terrible predicament later.
If you are out with friends and notice someone has been drinking and is attempting to drive back home while intoxicated, stop them from doing so. Take their car keys and call for a ride or, if you are sober, give them a ride home. Your friend might be angry with you for doing so, but will very likely thank you in the morning.
- Drink less: If you are hosting a summer party, make sure you have other non-alcoholic beverage options for your guests. If all you serve is alcohol, guests will be encouraged to drink more, which increases the likelihood of someone going home drunk. You should also be sure to either serve plenty of food or ask that guests also bring food to the party. The more food someone eats, the better the body is able to digest alcohol. However, it is not recommended for anyone to drive after having consumed alcohol. You can be arrested for a DUI even if you are below the legal limit.
- Talk to each other: Before you get the party started, ask your friends how they plan on getting home. It can be more difficult to get a friend home safely after having consumed too much alcohol. Have this discussion before the drinking starts. This might involve planning how each of you will arrive at a party, bar, dinner, or another type of get-together. People are often not comfortable leaving their vehicles behind, so instead of ending up this predicament, tell them to leave their car at home and take a taxi, Uber, or other transportation, so they will not have to worry about driving home drunk. Taking the car out of the equation helps eliminate the possibility of them getting into trouble.
If you do happen to get pulled over by a police officer, whether you have been drinking or not, be sure to always be kind and courteous and avoid saying more than you should. Being rude will not help you in this situation, but neither will divulging your entire night. Keep it brief and polite.
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