The nature of the charges and the penalties for driving under the influence depend on many different factors, such as whether it is a first-time or repeat offense. Nevertheless, in all cases, the consequences can be very serious.
While there are defenses against a DUI charge, it is preferable never to have to face them in the first place. The following are possible strategies to reduce the risk of driving drunk.
People who host parties should monitor their own drinking and avoid excess. This sets an example for guests and also allows the host to help guests make safe choices, e.g., making sure everybody has a way to get home. The responsible party host should also offer nonalcoholic drink options.
When there are plans for a group to go out together, the group should decide on a designated driver beforehand. This is a person who agrees not to drink so that he or she can drive everyone home safely at the end of the evening. This decision should take place before going out so everyone knows the plan and can stick to it. Groups that go out together frequently should name a different designated driver each time.
Not everyone goes out with a group, but people who go out alone should still decide how they are getting home beforehand and make the necessary arrangements. For example, prior to going out, one can set an alarm on one’s phone reminding one to call a cab or contact a ride-hailing service.
Certain groups are at greater risk of drunk driving and the possible consequences than others. Examples include motorcyclists and young adults between the ages of 21 and 24.