Helpful Tips To Avoid DUI/DWI Arrest During New Years In Houston
In case you will be heading out to a party, don’t forget the importance of being responsible and avoiding drunk driving. Drinking and driving not only puts your own life at risk but also the lives of those around you and your car. It is actually estimated that two out of every three people in America will be involved in a drunk driving-related accident.
Many drunk drivers falsely assume that they can drive properly even when intoxicated. Despite how much you are used to drinking, alcohol always has a tendency to affect one’s depth perception and information-processing (psychomotor) skills. Considering that alcohol is a depressant, it interferes with the functions of the central nervous system, thus delaying your brain’s assessment and response time. In simpler terms, it significantly lowers your reaction time.
While each state has its own legal limit, driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) above .08% is considered highly dangerous. Keep in mind that at a BAC of just .05% and even lower, a driver is considered to have a compromised judgment. This is why it is crucial to have a safety plan in place if you are planning on drinking over New Years’.
Pick A Designated Driver
It is always a smart move to have someone in your group remain sober. Just ensure that you select someone who is responsible and can get everybody home safely.
Grab A Taxi
While a taxi may cost you extra, it is incomparable to the worth of a life. Nothing compares to the value of a human soul. In case you are feeling a bit woozy or you suspect that you have impaired judgment, get a taxi, and ensure that you get home safely.
Crash At Your Friend’s Place
If you don’t trust yourself to drive home safely in your current condition, then ask your friend if you can crash at their place for the night.
Surrender Your Keys To The Host
If you have a tendency to drink over the limit and suspect you might do so, you can request the host to keep hold of your keys unless they believe that you are in a good state to drive.
DUI Or DWI
Being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) will earn you time in jail, hefty penalty fees, and a license suspension. Drinking and driving can lead to a car accident and cause your insurance rates to increase. You can also end up killing someone resulting in vehicle-manslaughter charges, which is classified as a second-degree murder charge. Driving while intoxicated is definitely not worth these risks. While you may get away with driving drunk, you have to keep in mind that safe driving isn’t about getting caught or escaping legal consequences, it’s all about safeguarding your life and the lives of others.
How Much Is Too Much?
If you drink frequently, you might think that you can “handle” your liquor. But in reality, most metabolisms require at least one hour to digest a glass of alcohol. Here, a standard glass equals 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, and 5 ounces of wine. So, if you end up drinking more than this in one hour, consider waiting before hitting the road.