La Carafe Bar one of the oldest buildings in Houston, TX by Carol Highsmith (image is in the public domain)

La Carafe Bar one of the oldest buildings in Houston, TX by Carol Highsmith (image is in the public domain)

Drinking and driving can make your life a nightmare. Besides the sad possibility of hurting yourself and others, you could also have your license revoked, pay large fines, have your car insurance increase dramatically, even lose your job.

A simple way to avoid this nightmare is to never drink and drive, of course. Otherwise, wait as long as possible after drinking before driving. It takes approximately one hour for a drink to be eliminated from the average man or woman.

In this article I offer a few tips on alternative means for transportation, and tips for lessening the chances of being pulled over by law enforcement.

Tips for Safe Transportation

Tip #1: Plan Ahead. Write down a taxi number; have a friend be a sober, designated driver; pick a conveniently located bus route; check out your city’s sober-drive-home services.

Tip #2: Leave Your Car Keys at Home. If you’re commuting with a designated driver, leave behind your car keys, especially if your vehicle might be within walking distance of the partying location.

Tip #3: Stop Other Drunk Drivers. If you notice someone else at a party, bar, or other event is too drunk to drive, do them and others a favor: Gently take away their keys and help them find safer transportation. One idea: Call a taxi and pay for it upfront.

Tips to Avoid a DUI Stop

Tip #1: Vehicle Maintenance. Keep your vehicle in good working order. Police will pull over vehicles for such things as burned-out head lights, brake lights, or license plate lights; improperly working turn signals; illegible inspection and registration stickers; broken side mirrors; and cracked windows.

Tip #2: Registration Tags. Ensure your registration tags are current and properly affixed to your license plates.

Tip #3: Driving Maneuvers. Police watch for signs that a driver might be intoxicated, which include speeding, rolling through traffic stops, weaving, and failing to use turn signals.

Tip #4: Sleeping in an Illegally Parked Car. If you need to sleep, ensure you are legally parked, the engine is turned off, the parking brake is activated, and it’s a good idea to sleep in the passenger seat or backseat (not in the driver’s seat).

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Shaun Kaufman has 30 years of in-court experience, with hundreds of hours spent defending numerous high-profile cases including homicide, white-collar theft and RICO offenses. Specialties: Criminal defense, personal injury, business litigation, DUI.

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