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4 ways to avoid a DWI in South Carolina

In Charleston, as well as other cities in South Carolina and the United States, drunk driving is a very serious issue. This is why many of the consequences for even first-time offenders are so severe. In many cases, a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge can carry with it jail time, high court costs and fees, community service, and other far-reaching and unanticipated consequences.

In general, people do not wake up in the morning and decide to drink all day and then get behind the wheel. It is often something that happens once a person becomes impaired to the point that the decision-making process becomes compromised. However, with a little planning, you might be able to avoid a DWI the next time you go out for a night on the town. Here are some DWI prevention tips to reduce your chances of being charged with drunk driving.

Failed a field sobriety test? You can still be innocent

As someone who didn't have much to drink, you were surprised when you didn't pass your sobriety tests when stopped by police. You knew you hadn't had enough to drink to be intoxicated. Somehow, you were unable to stand the right way or walk as balanced as the police would have liked.

You're not alone. Field sobriety tests can, and often are, wrong. There are medical reasons why many people fail. Others fail as a result of natural imbalances or differences in their abilities versus the typical person.

3 tips for preparing for traffic jams in South Carolina

When you have to travel, it can be hard. Highways can become congested, and there is the possibility of crashes. Stop-and-go traffic is more likely to cause crashes, since people are traveling slowly and may be stopped for periods of time. When they start moving again, they might move too quickly and end up in a rear-end collision as the vehicles ahead of them are forced to stop.

As someone who would rather avoid any kind of collision, it's a good idea to learn more about what you can do to avoid them. Here are three helpful tips that can keep you safer when you're traveling on highways or interstates.

Evidence of a DUI can be inaccurate

There are a number of reasons why the sobriety tests you take during a traffic stop might be wrong. For that reason, it's important never to admit that you've been drinking or that you're drunk. Although the tests may be accurate in most cases, they aren't always, and you deserve a chance to defend yourself against the findings.

Sobriety tests come in three primary forms. There are breath tests, blood tests and field sobriety tests. Occasionally, urine samples are also used. For most people, a simple breath test is given alongside the field sobriety testing during the stop.

DUI Checkpoints: Legality and your rights

As you may know, the police have to have a good reason to pull you over while you're driving. Perhaps you swerved out of your lane or ran a stop sign. Both of those are good reasons to stop you and make sure everything is okay.

One thing that some people have trouble understanding is how a sobriety checkpoint can be legal. Without doing anything wrong, should the police be able to stop you? It's an age-old question, but at the present time, DUI checkpoints are legal, in most cases.

Be better prepared for injuries on vacation

Vacations are a lot of fun, but there is always a potential for you to get hurt. Unfortunately, an injury can ruin your good time, and it could impact your future.

There are some vacation accidents that are more likely than others, like car crashes with tourists, bus crashes on tours or boating accidents at sea. If you are hurt, you need to know that you can seek medical care no matter where you are.

DUI traffic stop questions: These may be on your mind

If you never drink alcohol and drive, you never have to concern yourself with being arrested for this crime. However, this alone isn't good enough, as it's always possible an officer could pull you over for suspicion of DUI.

Here are a few of the most common DUI traffic stop questions, all of which can help you better understand what will happen and how to protect your legal rights.

  • What is the legal blood alcohol limit? If your blood alcohol content level is .08 percent or higher, the officer will consider you to be driving under the influence of alcohol. This will also lead to your arrest.
  • How do police determine if you are under the influence of alcohol? There are many ways for them to do this, including the use of field sobriety tests. Along with this, a chemical blood alcohol level test typically comes into play if you fail a sobriety test.
  • Are you required to do what the officer tells you? You can refuse to partake in field sobriety tests and a chemical blood alcohol level test. However, doing so will impact your defense strategy, so it's important to make a decision based on the circumstances surrounding your situation.
  • Are DUI checkpoints legal? You're not excited about the idea of driving into a DUI checkpoint, but these are 100 percent legal. You have the right to turn around before going through a checkpoint, but don't break the law while doing so.
  • What happens next? If the officer arrests you for driving under the influence, you'll be taken to a local police station for processing. Conversely, if it's found that you are not under the influence and didn't commit any other crime, the officer will let you go on your way.

Energy drinks and alcohol: Not worth the risk

Many people enjoy going out and having a drink or two with friends or colleagues. In most cases, they spend time together, then leave and arrive home safely. However, sometimes, people make the decision to get behind the wheel when they shouldn't. They might cause a drunk-driving collision or you to be pulled over and arrested for driving dangerously.

There are certain actions that increase the risk of this happening including combining alcohol and caffeine. When you combine alcohol and caffeine, caffeine can mask the effects of alcohol. You might think you're alert and ready to drive, but the reality could be that you're still very much intoxicated.

Can you get a job with a DUI on your record?

Everyone makes mistakes. For some people, that's breaking and entering. For others, it's drinking and driving.

If you get behind the wheel when you're intoxicated, you increase the risk of being pulled over for a DUI. A DUI is a serious offense that can lead to many expenses ranging from alcohol or substance abuse treatment to court fines.

Will you keep your job after a DUI?

A DUI has many connotations, but the primary issue that employers see is that you are a risk. No employer wants to be held liable for a worker's negligence or poor behaviors, so they're less likely to want to take you on as an employee if you have a checkered past.

What about if you are already working for someone, though? Will you lose your job because of a mistake when you weren't working? It's possible, and there are a few reasons why.

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