Although many people tend to think of drunk driving as a victim-less crime, this is, sadly, not the way things always turn out. In fact, just this week in San Francisco, a 30-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she hit two 12-year-old boys head-on. The boys had been walking to their nearby middle school on a Wednesday morning when the accident occurred. They had been passing through a marked crosswalk when the woman sped through the intersection and struck them both. Although they survived the collision, they have a long recovery ahead of them, and the driver will likely face major fines at best or prison time at worst.
If you’ve thought, “Maybe I can make it home safely,” or “An accident won’t happen to me,” the truth is that you can’t always predict tragedy. Alcohol lowers reaction times and impairs the senses, making an accident while driving under the influence all the more likely.
In Colorado, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08%, except for drivers under 21, for whom it’s just 0.02%. However, what many drivers don’t realize is that it’s actually illegal in the state to drive with a BAC of 0.05% or higher, which is classified as driving while ability impaired, or DWAI. The majority of fatal crashes caused by alcohol-impaired drivers occurred because the driver had a BAC over 0.08%. Those who break this law had better have excellent DUI lawyers on their side, but even the best DUI law firms can’t change the outcomes of these crashes.
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge your own BAC, but it’s better not to risk it. Here’s what you can do if you want to avoid having to hire DUI legal representation later on.
If you’re not too far from home and in a reasonably safe area, why not hoof it? After going out with friends, you can use the buddy system to ensure that everyone gets home safely. If your home is too far away, ask to stay at a friend’s place.
Take advantage of public transportation.
Does your area have its own bus or rail lines? If so, consider taking the bus or the subway to get home. It’s cheap, convenient, and much safer than driving.
Call a cab (or an Uber).
Most bars will have a cab number on-hand for any patrons who have had too much to drink. Ask your bartender who to call if a number isn’t prominently displayed in the bar. If you’re a fan of the D.I.Y. approach, however, you could also use a ride-sharing app on your phone like Uber and find a willing driver in your area. In some cases, this is a cheaper alternative.
Hand the keys to a friend.
Finally, if you’re really attached to your car, give the keys to a sober friend. Using a designated driver on a night out is one of the best ways to avoid the need for DUI legal representation later on.
In the event that you do need to discuss an incident with DUI attorneys, be sure to give us a call. We can offer DUI legal representation for any DUI, DWI, or DWAI offenses, and we offer criminal defense for other types of cases, as well.