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How to Stop Drinking and Driving

Published on November 3rd, 2022

Two glasses of amber alcohol and a pair of car keys setting on a wooden table.

It’s a scenario that plays out often on our roadways – a driver has had too much to drink and gets behind the wheel. They may think they can drive but instead risk harming themselves and others.

Driving while intoxicated is not only illegal in all 50 states, but it’s also extremely dangerous. Keep reading as we discuss tips to avoid drinking and driving as well as the consequences of driving under the influence.

How to Avoid Drinking and Driving

The best way to avoid drinking and driving is not to drink alcohol at all if you plan to drive. However, we know that sometimes it can be difficult to resist when you’re at an event that involves alcohol.

If you find yourself in this situation, there are some things you can do to avoid getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Have a Designated Driver

Perhaps the most obvious solution is to use a designated driver. If you are drinking, ask a friend or family member to stay sober so they can drive everyone home.

Use Public Transportation

Another option is to use public transportation. If you drink, take the bus, the train, or a cab home. Some rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft, even send cars to pick you up at your request. Do this so you don’t have to worry about driving and can avoid getting a DUI.

Call a Friend or Family Member

If you can’t find a designated driver and public transportation isn’t an option, call a friend or family member to come and pick you up.

Your car may have a parking ticket the next day, but avoiding the consequences of impaired driving is well worth the fee.

Stay Where You Are

If you are at a friend’s house, see if you can stay the night. Sleeping off a buzz is nothing to be embarrassed about, and most people would rather have you stay safe than risk you driving home drunk.

Consequences of Drinking and Driving

Now that we’ve discussed how to stop drinking and driving, let’s talk about the consequences. Driving while intoxicated can cause:

Car Accidents

Most people are aware that drinking and driving can lead to car accidents. Still, many don’t realize how common they are. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, there were over 11,000 fatalities due to drunk drivers.

That is almost 30 deaths every day. So, in addition to the danger you pose to yourself, you are endangering the lives of others when you’re driving drunk.

Jail Time

If convicted of a DUI, you could face jail time. The amount of time you spend in jail depends on the state you are in and the circumstances of your case. But it’s possible to spend up to a year in jail for a first-time offense.

Revoked Driver’s License

Another consequence of a DUI conviction is losing your driver’s license. Again, the length of your license suspension will depend on the state you live in and the circumstances of your case. However, it’s possible to lose your license for up to a year.

Ignition Interlock Devices

In some states, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car if convicted of DUI. An IID is a device that requires you to blow into it before your car starts. While it does not directly measure the level of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) present in your body, it can detect alcohol on your breath.

If it detects alcohol on your breath, the car will not start. This device will help ensure that you do not drive while alcohol-impaired.

Fines and Fees

Another consequence of DUI is that you will have to pay fines. Fines vary from state to state, but it is typically around $500 for a first offense.

Insurance Rate Increases

Lastly, your insurance rate will likely increase if convicted of DUI. This increase is because you are now considered a high-risk driver, and insurers will charge more to cover you.

Do You Need Your Driver’s License Reinstated?

If you have had your driver’s license suspended or revoked due to a DUI conviction, you’re probably looking for a way to get back out on the road.

Johnson & Goldrich has a team of experienced attorneys who will help you navigate the legal process and work to get your license reinstated. So don’t let a drunk driving conviction ruin your life – get the help you need to move on.

Contact us today at (312) 795-1801 to speak with one of our reliable Illinois driver’s license reinstatement lawyers.

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