In the state of Florida, drunk driving is becoming exceedingly common. However, getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after you’ve been drinking should never be a viable option, especially if you have to navigate narrow bridges, such as the Bay Bridge in Pensacola.
There are precautions you should take if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages to keep you and everyone else on the road safe. They include:
- Use a Designated Driver: If you’re going out with friends before you hit the bars and restaurants, select who is going not to drink and appoint them as your designated driver.
It may be tempting to allow your designated driver to have a drink or two, but this could end off in disaster. Even the most responsible people sometimes have a hard time
determining when they’ve been drinking too much.
If none of your friends are willing to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages, then you should opt for another solution.
- Rideshare Services: With such rideshare services available such as Uber and Lyft, you can always get a ride home if you’ve drunk too much.
It’s advisable that before you go out to take a look at the ridesharing apps to get a sense of how many drivers are available in your area.
Of course, you may opt to take a taxi. Whether you choose ridesharing or a taxicab to ensure you and your friends get home safe, you can split the fare.
The Pensacola, Florida law firm of Stevenson Klotz would like to remind you that it’s important to remember that the cost of a ride home is nothing when compared to the number of fines you’ll pay if you’re convicted of driving under the influence.
- Take Advantage of Public Transportation: Taking public transportation is generally less expensive than a taxi or ridesharing. Check the local routes before you go out at night. There are many public transportation services that have apps to make it easier for you to check directions and check for updates.
- Walk:If you live close to town or are staying in a hotel within walking distance of the bars and restaurants you want to go to, it may be advisable to walk. It’s also good to have company if you plan to walk home late at night and limit yourself to just a few drinks.
With a little planning, you can make the most of your nights out partying with your friends while still avoiding driving drunk. Driving under the influence charge is almost always preventable
Additionally, if you are driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, you have a better chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Many times, accidents involving drunk drivers lead to someone getting injured and killed. There’s no reason to risk your life or the lives of innocent people while driving drunk when there are so many other options available to you and your friends.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.