Avoid a DUI with the following tips

Anyone can avoid a drunk driving arrest by simply refraining from driving after they drink alcohol. However, avoiding the temptation to drive drunk -- and avoiding situations where you misjudge whether your blood alcohol level is below .08 percent -- is not always so simple.

For this reason, it's good to review a few tricks and tips that will help you stay DUI-free, especially because we're currently in the middle of the festive, holiday season.

Tricks and tips to avoid a DUI charge

The key to avoiding a DUI is to remember not to drive after you've been drinking, but that's not always easy when you lose your sense of inhibition and your ability to make wise choices while you're inebriated. However, if you familiarize yourself with your transportation options before going out -- and you make a plan -- your chances of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated will diminish dramatically.

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Choose a designated driver. This is the most common safety tip we've all heard again and again, and that's because it's a good idea. Talk to a friend before going out, and ask if he or she will be your safe ride home. Then, don't lose sight of this person and when he or she says it's time to leave, it's time for you to go home too.
  • Keep the telephone number of a friend in your pocket. Write it on a piece of paper in case your cellphone battery dies. You can call this person if you get into a jam.
  • Sleep over or get a hotel. Consider booking a room in a nearby hotel before the festivities begin. You can take a cheap taxi to the hotel at the end of the party. Or, make arrangements to stay with your friend if you're too drunk to drive. Even if you think you're borderline too drunk to drive, it's better to be safe than sorry. Breakfast with friends the morning after a party is so much fun: Why miss out?
  • Try the bus. Public transportation is an excellent option that many Pennsylvania residents don't consider. There are no doubt many cases of DUI that happen, where the accused person could have jumped on a bus and arrived home without driving in no time.

Are you ready to stay safe and DUI-free?

If you want to stay safe and DUI-free, consider the tips above. Remember to use your noggin while "eggnogging" and you can avoid the embarrassment and cost of intoxicated driving allegations. However, if you do get arrested and accused of DUI despite all this advice, know that you will have the right to defend yourself against the charges and try to improve your legal situation.

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