Driving while under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous. Drivers with high blood alcohol content greatly increase their risk of automobile accidents, injuries, and death. Alcohol is an addictive sedative and nervous system suppressive. People’s addiction to alcohol has become a focal social problem in the U.S. According to recent studies alcohol related automobile accidents kill someone every 30 minutes in the U.S alone. Drunk driving creates a risk not only to the people intoxicated in the vehicle, but also to everyone else on the road. Unfortunately in most cases the person killed from drunk driving is innocent. Many times the victim is an innocent bystander who happened to cross paths with a drunk driver. Even though the percentage of injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving has decreased over the years, there are still an unacceptable amount of these accidents. The most important thing for people to realize is that every single injury or death related to drunk driving is preventable. Here are some ways to prevent drinking and driving.
- Get a designated driver. The designated driver should hold on to the car keys at all times, and should by no means consume any alcohol. This will guarantee that anyone who is at all intoxicated will not be operating a vehicle.
- Drink at a location that is within walking distance from your home.
- Do not let anyone that you are with drive intoxicated. Take their car keys and call them a taxi. A drunk driver presents as much danger to the passengers as it does to the driver.
- Get involved with DUI programs such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This will help spread the word about drinking and driving.
- Research service companies that will take you and your car home.
- Drink nonalcoholic beverages
- Know the number to your local taxi service. Don’t hesitate to call a taxi to take you home.
- Never serve alcohol where there are minors present.
The legal process of being charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated can be a very daunting process. Many people assume that since a traffic officer pulled them over and issued a citation for DUI or DWI that a conviction is guaranteed. This is far from the truth. With the help of an experienced defense attorney, you have the ability to stand up to these allegations and against the system that imposed them. Not just any attorney will do. What you need is a qualified, experienced, and compassionate DUI defense attorney.