To best avoid being arrested for driving while under the influence, avoid drinking or consuming impairing drugs (prescription medication included) prior to driving. Whenever possible, drink at home or arrange for transportation if you are drinking socially with friends.
Be sure to give your keys to someone you know and trust, to make certain that you are not tempted to simply drive home. You may also carpool to your location so you don’t have access to your car while intoxicated. Other helpful suggestions include using transportation or selecting a designated driver in your group. These options may appear inconvenient, but they are far less problematic than a DUI.
If you know you are going to be drinking, make sure to eat carbohydrates beforehand. If you plan on consuming beer, opt for light beer and use bottles or cans to keep up with your consumption instead of pitchers. If you plan on driving, stop consuming alcohol at least 90 minutes prior to getting on the road. It is important to keep in mind that if you are already feeling tipsy, you may be over the alcohol blood limit of .08. You also might feel completely fine, yet still be over the legal limit. .08 is a rather arbitrary number, even according to the American Medical Association.
When driving, ensure that your car is fully serviced and that all the equipment is working as it should be. The police are able to stop you for any minor violation, so it’s also important to refrain from texting and cell phone use.
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