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Back to School Drunk Driving Prevention

yay-3232801.jpgGoing back to college to complete another year of study is an exciting time for most students. With welcome back festivities, you will likely run into situations that involve consuming alcohol. If you plan to participate in back to school festivities such as joining a fraternity/sorority or attending homecoming, I strongly recommend you take precautionary steps to ensure that you do not drink and drive. Read on to learn more.

Designate a Sober Driver

I cannot stress the importance of designating a sober driver prior to going out drinking. A designated driver will not only save your life, but will also ensure you are not pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The court costs of being charged with drunk driving are high in addition to any legal fees you may occur along with jail time and a criminal conviction that will never go away. Taking a cab ride home might set you back $40 depending on where you are traveling to, but it is the better investment in the long run in comparison to being charged with drunk driving.

Take a Breathalyzer Test Prior to Driving

There are several personal breathalyzer devices available for consumer use. You can easily order one online. If you have had a drink, and are unsure about the amount of alcohol present in your system, take a breathalyzer test before you get behind the wheel. You can determine your own blood alcohol content to see if you are safe to drive. Keep in mind that a personal breathalyzer device may not accurately measure your blood alcohol content. If you are unsure of your blood alcohol content and/or ability to drive safely, call a cab!

Refrain From Drinking

It should go without saying, but if you will be put in the position of drinking and driving, you should completely refrain from consuming alcohol. Above, I mentioned the legal fees and court costs involved with being arrested for drunk driving. Being criminally charged and/or convicted can result in administrative penalties with your university as well. You do not want to risk being put on probation or expelled from college due to drinking and driving. Your future is too bright for you to take the risk.

Do the right thing and drink responsibly. If you do make the mistake of drinking and driving, contact me for a consultation. I defend Ann Arbor college students charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substance. Call 734-274-6567 to speak with me directly or email me.

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