As places begin to open up, people are going out more and more. Meeting friends at the bar for the first time in a long time brings cause for celebration. But it doesn’t justify drinking and driving. You may think you’re fine after a couple drinks in, only to be pulled over and discover you’re actually over the legal limit. How can you resist a DUI? Keep reading for more.
Resist a DUI: Don’t Drink and Drive
First, this comes as the most obvious. If you plan on drinking at all, prepare not to drive. After all, why risk it? Better to be safe than sorry. So plan ahead. If you know you’ll drink and then need transportation somewhere else, it’s better to be prepared going into it rather than feeling like your only choice is to drive yourself.
Resist a DUI: Know Your Limit
Second, we all know that the legal limit in New Jersey and most other states is a blood alcohol level of 0.08. But how do you know when you’ve crossed that line? Here’s a helpful chart. Remember: just because you don’t feel drunk, doesn’t mean you haven’t crossed the legal limit. Blood alcohol level has NOTHING to do with how you feel. To avoid a DUI, it’s much better to go by the facts.
Resist a DUI: Call Uber or Lyft
Third, with cabs, public transportation, ride shares, and apps like Uber or Lyft, no one has a reason to think they need to drink and drive. Sure, having to go back to get your car the next day can be a hassle. Yet, the price for that is way cheaper than the price of a DUI.
Consider These Apps
Fourth, to resist a DUI, several apps exist that can help you determine if you should drive. You shouldn’t rely on these apps for total accuracy, since they cannot substitute for a breathalyzer. But they may help give you some idea of whether you’ve drank too much to drive. Or at least educate you on how drinking can affect your coordination and judgment. Some of these apps include:
- Drive Sober: Several states including Wisconsin, Kentucky, Wyoming, Georgia, and Alabama, offer this free app to help you estimate your blood alcohol level.
- DrinkTracker: This app keeps track of the user’s blood alcohol content based on the number of drinks consumed and a personal breathalyzer simulator.
- Intoxicheck: Through the use of six challenges, this app measures an individual’s reaction times, memory, judgment, and dexterity. The user first performs the tests while sober. Then again after consuming alcohol to see the differences.
- BreathalEyes: The app tracks the eyes’ involuntary movements, mimicking the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test that police officers perform in the field.
Know the Law
Fifth, know your state’s laws. For example, in some states you can be arrested for a DUI even with a BAC under the legal limit, particularly if you have caused an accident. Furthermore, “sleeping it off” in a vehicle may also lead to a DUI in some states.