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By Stacy A. 2012-02-17   

Because getting a DUI is going to take a huge toll on you and your family, your job, your ability to commute, your finances and life in general, it is imperative that you avoid getting pulled over for driving drunk. There are ways to avoid this. Some of them are simple, but when you've had too much to drink, you're not going to be in a position to think about them. The best thing is to think of them now, while you're sober. This article will help you find strategies to avoid getting behind the wheel of a car after you've been drinking.

Strategies to Avoid Getting Behind the Wheel

Some of the strategies are obvious but not to someone who is inebriated. The rule of thumb is that if you've been drinking, avoid driving at all costs. Chances are you are over the legal limit, whether you think you are or not. Do not even think of driving. It could change your life forever.

  • Plan ahead. Use a designated driver. If there are more than three of you, you may want to consider having two or more designated drivers. You can take turns being the designated driver, but always have a designated driver if you go out in a group. If it's just you and your spouse or friend, one of you has to remain sober if you're going to drive.

  • If you're at a party and have been drinking, see if you can stay over. There's no point in driving if you and your partner have both been drinking. Better be safe than sorry. Yes, it's an imposition, but it can save lives, including your own.

  • Give up your car keys at the beginning of the party. Let someone hold them for you with the understanding that you're not getting them back if you've been drinking at all. This way, you won't be tempted to drive. You'll have to find an alternate solution to getting home, but you will have nipped this in the bud before you even start drinking.

  • Call a cab or a limousine. It's worth the cab fare, unless you live an hour or more away. In that event, see if you can take a train. If not, take the cab anyway. Go to your party with extra cash so you can pay for a cab if there's no other means of transportation.

  • Don't drink. This sounds ludicrous to some people, but not to people who have had DUIs. Talk to people who have had DUIs. You'll realize after speaking with them that they regret every minute of it. They may even help you with strategies to avoid getting behind the wheel.

  • Don't assume for a minute that you won't get caught. You will. Don't assume for a minute that you won't be over the limit. You will. That doesn't mean you should take the Breathalyzer or any other sobriety test. An DUI attorney will advise you what to do.
    Make sure to have their phone number with you at all times.

  • If you think you have a drinking problem, speak with a therapist or attend an AA meeting. You'll learn whether you do or not.

  • Eat a sufficient amount of food at the party. This will help reduce the amount of alcohol absorbed in your system. Also stop drinking early. That means if you will be drinking, plan ahead so you drink early at the party or event. Give yourself at least several hours for the alcohol to wear off.

  • Speak to an expert DUI attorney if you have any questions. They can advise you about DUIs and its consequences. They can give you advice about how to refrain from driving and what alternate steps you can take to avoid a DUI.


Stacy Aspen is a licensed attorney with 31 years experience. She has been a legal writer since 2008 providing articles, research papers, briefs and motions as well as web copy and blog posts. She is not associated with Katz and Phillips, PA but can recommend their expertise to those looking for an Orlando DUI Lawyer ? Visit http://www.orlandoduilawfirm.com

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