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4 alternatives to drunk driving that can prevent DUI charges

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Drunk Driving

A night out with friends, a celebratory dinner or even unwinding after a long week – all of these activities might involve alcohol. When the fun ends, the question of safely getting home arises.

Driving under the influence can be tempting, especially when you feel fine. However, it’s crucial to remember that driving under the influence of alcohol that pushes your blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit can put you at a serious risk of causing harm to yourself and others. Moreover, the consequences of a DUI arrest can be severe, including hefty fines and license suspension. Fortunately, there are several safe and responsible alternatives to getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Designate a driver

The designated driver system is a classic for a reason. Appoint a trusted friend or family member who will abstain from alcohol throughout the evening. This person becomes responsible for getting everyone home safely. Don’t forget to show your appreciation for your designated driver by offering to be the designated driver next time or by covering their meal and non-alcoholic drinks.

Ridesharing apps

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have become incredibly popular for a reason. They offer convenient, on-demand transportation at a reasonable cost. You can simply download the app, create an account and request a ride when needed. The app tracks the driver’s location, allowing you to see their estimated arrival time. Payment is typically handled electronically through the app, eliminating the need to carry cash.

Public transportation

Lynchburg has both a robust public transit system and a bus station. Plan your trip by checking schedules and routes. Public transportation is often a cost-effective option, especially if you’re traveling within the center.

Call a taxi

Taxis are a traditional option for getting home safely. While they may be slightly more expensive than ridesharing apps, they are readily available and can be hailed on the street or called by phone. Taxis typically accept cash or credit cards for payment.

By planning ahead and utilizing these safe alternatives, you can help to ensure a fun night out without the risk of a DUI. With that said, should you be arrested for a DUI due to a momentary lapse in judgment, you should strongly consider seeking legal guidance as you fight the charges.


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