How to prevent a DUI
Jul, 09 2020 - By: S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq.
When you are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, it is important to avoid doing anything that could worsen the situation. However, the biggest dilemma for many drivers is deciding whether to take the breathalyzer test.
In case you opt not to take the breathalyzer test, do so respectfully and quietly. Avoid antagonizing police officers. However, you can drink and still pass the breathalyzer test if your BAC is lower than the permitted legal limit of 0.08 considered safe to drive.
Here are some tips on how to prevent DUI altogether.
- Avoid operating any type of vehicle if you feel that you have overindulged and are impaired. Operating any means of transportation such as cars, golf carts, and scooters can lead to a drunk driving conviction. In some jurisdictions, even bicycles, horses, and lawn mowers are considered vehicles.
- Many people make the mistake of assuming that they can be charged with DUI on private property. The truth is, you can be charged with drunk driving regardless of your location. In some states, drunk driving is prohibited even on parking lots accessible to the public.
- Towing a car while under the influence could lead to a DUI conviction. Therefore, avoid operating any kind of movable machinery while under the influence. Keep in mind that current DUI legislations in most states are written by legislators with the aim of obtaining more convictions, not less.
- If you decide to sleep in your car after drinking, do so at the back seat with the ignition off and the keys in your pocket. In addition, make sure the car is off the highway or any other road leading to a highway. Alternatively, consider putting the car keys in the trunk and using the remote release to gain access once you are sober enough to drive safely. The best way to avoid a DUI is to avoid intentionally being in actual physical control of a vehicle.
- Existing laws allow the police to make a case against an individual regardless of his/her level of impairment. Therefore, consider drinking moderately or avoid driving altogether if you have had more than a few drinks.
Breathalyzers are the most common tools used by law enforcement agents to detect BAC. However, the devices are often prone to error especially if you have been exposed to solvents like paint, gasoline, and lacquer. To avoid a DUI conviction, be sure to inform your DUI lawyer of exposure to such solvents.