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Things to do to avoid being charged with DUI

Once spring rolls around, one of the most important things college aged kids can think about is where they're going to go for spring break. As these young adults embark on their sun-filled vacations away from the safety of their home with mom and dad, their newfound freedom encourages them to engage in potentially risky behavior they otherwise may not engage in, like drunk driving.

Although, it's advisable that you don't drink at all, if you're going to do so, there are a number of precautions you should take. If followed, your risk of being potentially stopped for DUI go down considerably.

If you've had anything to drink, even if you had only a small amount, it's important that you do not drive. This is because even a relatively minor degree of intoxication can impair your ability to make sound judgments.

To avoid being placed in a situation to determine whether you're too drunk to drive, you should leave your car parked and either take either a cab or public transportation. Planning in advance how you'll get to and fro should you be inebriated will ensure that you don't engage in poor decision-making when you're most vulnerable to making the wrong choice.

Aside from the aforementioned, as part of making advance decisions, it's important that, if you are going to drive to the event, that you do so with a designated driver in mind. This individual may elect to either stay at the party and not drink or drop you off and pick you back up again at a designated time. And, if you or one your friends is unwilling not to drink, then staying the night at a nearby hotel may be ideal.

Likewise, hosting the party at your place instead can serve as a way to avoid having to make transportation arrangements altogether. In that case, you can offer any additional space to guests who may feel too intoxicated to be able to drive themselves home.

Last, if you see someone you suspect of being drunk planning to get behind the wheel of the car, you should do your best to discourage him or her from doing so. It's important that you discourage others from riding with that individual as well.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, an attorney can provide guidance.

Source: I Drive Safely, "Top 10 Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving During Spring Break," Jeanine Leder, accessed March 10, 2017

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