It’s football season in Texas and we all know what that means, tailgating.  Parties before and after football games are legendary in Texas and you definitely want to make sure you do it responsibly.  One of the best things you can do to be a responsible tailgater is to know your Texas DWI law.  Knowing the laws will help you make the right choices.  

Aside from knowing the laws, there are other tips you can utilize to enjoy the party and not worry about a DWI, and here they are.

Car Service

Using a car service like Lyft or Uber is a great way to avoid getting a DWI.  We are lucky in this day and age.  It was not always easy to find a taxi in most cities just a decade or less ago.  Now you can simply hit a few buttons on your phone and a driver will be there to take you home or to your next venue in no time at all.  Most stadiums and arenas now have designated spots for car service drop-offs and pickups.

Designated Driver

If you have someone in your party that doesn’t drink or is willing to take the day off from boozing, then they should be the one to drive.  Perhaps you and your friends can take turns being the designated driver throughout the season.   Or make it fun and draw straws or some other kind of friendly bet before the day or evening starts.  Rock, Scissors, Paper anyone?

Get a Room

Booking a hotel room is another great step to take when it comes to avoiding a DWI.  Often times people come from many different areas of the city or state.  It’s actually a lot of fun to book a couple rooms for the whole gang. You can start the party early at the hotel pool or bar and continue the shenanigans on into the night without a worry in sight.  Another caveat of doing this is it feels like a mini vacation, and we all could use one of those every once in a while.

Hide the Keys

If all of the above fails then you may have to take someone’s keys at some point.  There are occasions when one of your friends gets a little too drunk and doesn’t realize it.  They will insist on driving home from the venue for a number of reasons. You should simply remind them that it’s not worth it, take their keys, and possibly provide them with a few examples such as:

  • The astronomical amount of fines they will have to pay
  • Losing their license and with that maybe their job
  • A night in jail
  • Possible shame from family or co-workers
  • It’s just not fun

So there are some great tips for you to make the most of the tailgating/football season.  Remember you can have a great time and be responsible too, it’s all up to you.

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