Some people may argue that we are encouraging drunk driving by publishing this post. We get a large number of requests for mugshot removals regarding DUI’s. A lot of times you can be over the limit without being impaired. The keyword here is impaired. If you are impaired you are more likely to let on to Law Enforcement that you have been out drinking. As far as Law Enforcement is concerned if you have had one drink you are pretty close to the limit regardless of impairment and they have nothing to lose by testing you once their suspicions are aroused. Actually it is their due diligence to test you when you admit to drinking regardless of the amount.

The easiest way to avoid a DUI is by having a designated driver or not driving drunk. A lot of times the DD drinks but doesn’t get drunk. Kinda like a chaperone who drinks on the job. If you live in a big city mass transit is the best and easiest option. In fact DUIs are a lot more common in areas that lack mass transit. Take for instance the town we are based…Tampa, FL. We have the HART system that runs during the day. Unless your a USF student taking the bull runner around campus. It is practically useless. So only people who can walk home form the bar after driving

A second option is to have friends drop you off and you cab it home, especially if you live in a suburban area where there isn’t convent mass transit. It’s best to not drive your car in the first place to a bar or anywhere you are planning on having drinks. If you drive your car there is an 80% chance that you will drive or ride with a drunk driver.

If you plan to have drinks an drive home eat something as soon as you sit down to have a drink. It’s best if you eat a full meal and drink a full glass of water before you drink.  Space your drinks out over time. The best option is to consume one drink every hour or less. If you drink more than one drink per hour match ever additional drink with a glass of water. be sure to tip your server extra for the water as well.

If you drive your car and feel impaired you should call a cab. A cab is a lot cheaper than a DUI. Second if you have AAA you can call them to tow you home, most likely will work better for a woman than a man…but I know a girl who has done this a few times. just keep in mind that if you are not the primary account owner that may call the primary account holder. So if your account holder is a relative you don’t what them getting a call at 4a.m.

The cheapens and most convenient option is UBER!! Most people have heard of UBER by now. You download the app. Enter your credit card info and whenever you need a ride simply open the app, turn on GPS and request and UBER. You can see where your ride is in real time and pay through the app. You can use the link below to get a $20.00 credit when you sign up for the first time.

https://get.uber.com/invite/noduis20off

You can always call a friend or get some water and sit in your car for a nap. This will give you time to metabolize the alcohol until your no longer impaired. You may even want to spend the night in your car. It may be uncomfortable but it’s a lot more comfortable than a jail cell or sitting in a room with crazies waiting to get booked. Lastly if you do get pulled over it’s not in your best interest to say that you left a bar or party. There are only a few places open late at night that people would be visiting, some restaurants, Walmart, Hospital, Greyhound Station, etc. Mention something other than a scenario that suggests something other than alcohol that matches your demeanor.