What Are Effective Ways to Reduce DWI Risk?
The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true when it comes to drinking and driving charges. If you can avoid charges, you will avoid penalties; however, if you’re arrested, the future becomes uncertain.
Here’s how you can strive to prevent being pulled over and charged with drinking and driving in the first place, and what to do if despite these efforts, you’re charged with a DWI anyway.
See If You Pass the BAC Test
Portable or personal breathalyzer test equipment isn’t used by just police officers to check BAC during a traffic stop or as an ignition interlock device to make sure someone convicted of a DWI isn’t drinking and driving again. These devices are also used by socially responsible drinkers who want to make sure they’re safe and legal to operate their vehicle after enjoying a few alcoholic beverages.
While breathalyzer tests must be calibrated according to manufacturer directions to ensure the readings stay accurate, this is generally easy to do and typically a guide is included. Don’t let the police catch you off guard — know what your BAC is before you ever start the ignition.
Be Mindful Of Your Own Alcohol Limits
If you intend to drive home after a great evening out, limit the number of drinks you plan to have overall throughout the evening. Drink plenty of water between alcoholic beverages and don’t exceed your personal limit. To assist you in metabolizing the alcohol you drink faster, make sure to have a meal. Have a backup plan available in case you end up drinking more than you originally planned to.
Ask a Sober Driver to Be a Backup
After you’ve had a couple of drinks too many and aren’t in good enough form to drive your car, it’s generally not a good idea to wait until the last minute to attempt to arrange a ride home. Make a backup plan in advance to take an Uber home and have a friend bring you back to your car the next day.
Even if your intent is to drink responsibly and go home on your own, having a plan B can help you feel safer and avoid costly mistakes.
Get Help Fighting a DWI Charge If the Police Arrested You Anyway
If you were charged with drunk driving, your future is on the line. Don’t delay reaching out to a seasoned Massachusetts criminal defense attorney Call the Law Offices of Jesse Adams at 413.585.9200 now.