In sober judgement, most people can agree that drinking and driving is not a good thing. Upon going out, they get ready, they’re feeling good, and they drive to dinner or a bar with one of two thoughts in mind: 1. I’ll leave my car here and come back for it in the morning or 2. I’ll only have a drink or two so I can drive home.

Most people don’t go out with the intention of getting behind the wheel intoxicated. After a couple of drinks, however, your judgement is one of the first signs of impairment, which can lead the drinker to get into a car and drive under the influence.

We’ve put together a couple easy ways to assure that you won’t be able to get behind the wheel when you shouldn’t:

  1. Leave Your Car at Home

If you know you are going out, plan ahead.  It is easier than ever to get to and from your destination in safe fashion. With options such as Uber, Lyft, or a gold old fashioned taxi cab, you can be sure that you won’t get behind the wheel. Leave your car at home and take the safer, less expensive route. While it may be a little pricy now, it’s way less expensive than a DUII.

  1. Designate a Driver

Perhaps you don’t want to pay for an Uber. Call a friend! Consider trading off nights where you offer to drive on a Friday, and then have a friend drive on a Saturday. Or, find a friend who doesn’t drink and ask nicely! Just be sure that whoever decides to be the designated driver, stays the designated driver.

  1. Call a Trusted Friend

If you are in a position where you become more intoxicated than expected and don’t have the means to get an Uber, consider calling a trusted friend. They might be agitated, but they would rather you get home safe than drive drunk. Be sure to thank them later with a coffee or lunch.

  1. Ditch the Keys

This is particularly easy at a house or dinner party. Ask your host if they could hold onto your keys in a safe place so even if you get tempted to drive later, you physically can’t. Make sure the host doesn’t give you back your keys until you have either slept it off or have completely sobered up.

DUII’s are unnecessary, expensive, and completely avoidable. Please consider any one of these options before operating a vehicle while under the influence. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUII, please call 541-241-6657 or visit www.deschuteslawfirm.com