Drinking and Driving, Don't!

What seems to be the officer, problem....
What seems to be the officer, problem....

Drinking and driving is very serious and should not be taken lightly. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, an average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before their first arrest. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous and a drunk driving accident occurs once every 50 minutes in the United States. This year alone 10,839 people will die in a drunk driving related accident. Also, one and three people in their lifetime will be in a drunk driving related accident. Aside from the obvious legal reasons and dangers, the decision to not drink and drive, is not as obvious for some people.

Luckily, I went to college in San Francisco and rarely had to face this decision. When I finished studying, I could drink responsibly and take public transportation from destination to destination. Also, cabs within city limits were somewhat affordable. So there was never a need to drink and drive. Also, there is no way I could have afforded a San Francisco DUI Lawyer.

But even if there is no public transportation and the cab fare will be too expensive for you, remember a DUI can cost up to $10,000 after you pay bail, fines, and fees. So the cab ride that might be over $100 is worth it, compared to the $10,000 price tag of a DUI.

There are some responsible ways to drink and drive, with a one drink every hour rule while drinking water along with your beer or drink. Also, there is always the classic designated driver route, which is an easy way to avoid a DUI.

Just in case, I haven’t convinced you enough with the costs and the dangers of drinking and driving. And you are still thinking you can get away with it. Think again if you do these things before driving.

If you leave the local watering hole and you are walking back to your car and you think you are good to drive, and you start walking in a straight line and yelling to your buddies, “Look I am walking straight, I can totally drive right now.” You should not drive. If you need to convince yourself by walking a ‘straight’ line, this is an obvious sign that you do not need to be behind the wheel.

Another time to take the cab ride is when you are just going down the street to the pub, you get in the car and you are worried your breath might smell like booze. So you start searching for gum or mouthwash or anything to take the smell away. You try pleading with your friends to find anything because you don’t want to get a ‘doowee.’ All this because you are certain if you get pulled over, you know they will smell the alcohol on your breath. Please take the cab $15 cab ride and save yourself the $9,985 in bail, fines, and fees. Also, if you get in an accident you might need to hire a San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney.

So please, if you notice your friend or another driver displaying these tell tale signs before they drive, offer to pay for the cab.

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