Drinking and driving is something that we all know that we shouldn’t do but not all of us know how to do not do it. It’s easy to have a beer or two and feel perfectly in control of your senses and feel like driving is completely safe.
While you may hold your alcohol well, there are rules for a reason and driving under the influence can get you in a lot of trouble. You may think that you can handle your alcohol and driving just fine, but what about the people that can’t? What if one day, you’re wrong?
The following are some things to keep in mind when you entertain the idea of drinking and driving:
- When you’re driving under the influence, you won’t react as quickly as you would otherwise. While you may be able to pull out of the way from a car ready to crash straight into you when you’re sober, it’s not as easy to react when you’ve had a few drinks.
- Your vision is clearly not as clear as it is normally. Even if you’ve only had one or two drinks, you won’t be seeing as clearly as you do when you drive sober. Couple this with the darkness at night and you may find that you have a harder time judging distance or seeing other cars when switching lanes.
- You may get distracted easily while driving after a few drinks. Where you might pay close attention to red lights while driving sober, when driving under the influence, you may find yourself running them, which is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Many a car accident has happened from drunk drivers running red lights.
- Drunk driving accidents can often end up injuring people or are even sometimes fatal, due to the impaired vision and reactions of the drunk driver. If a person accidentally causes a death through a drunk driving accident, the repercussions can be very serious for the person at fault.
Apart from the way that a few drinks can affect your driving, the way that getting caught doing so can affect your life is not ever worth the risk.
Here are a few things that can happen if you get caught driving under the influence:
- You can get arrested in booked into a prison, where you will be photographed and your fingerprints will be taken. In some places, someone may be able to pay your bail, but in many states, you’ll be kept until it’s sure that you’re sobered up.
- During your arrest, you will be summoned for a court date. This is where the difficult part of getting caught driving under the influence comes in. Going through a trial to prove your innocence will be a long ordeal.
- You can lose your driver license. It’s a tough thing to go through, especially if you must drive for your living or have to drive for a number of reasons throughout the day. In some cases, a person may have permission to drive to and from work or school, but that’s it.
- You’ll get fined and in some places, this could mean a hefty fine. In fact, it can be up in the two-digits and a lot of zeros. So, if you are in no place to pay a high fine, don’t drink and drive. Just don’t do it anyway.
- In some states, jail time is mandatory. This doesn’t mean a very long time in jail, but even a few days is becoming the norm for first-time DUI offenders.
- You’ll probably be put on a probation sentence. Again, you could have to go to jail if you don’t obey the terms of your probation.
- You may even be sent to counseling if the court deems your alcohol usage as alcohol abuse. If you’re someone who is regularly behind the wheel with a few too many, this could mean that alcohol treatment will be mandatory for you.
As Justin Kimball of Preszler Law of Halifax says that unless negligence is expressly covered in a waiver, a general release may not be enough to apply to injuries caused by negligence. It’s important to know the laws and what can happen if you are caught driving under the influence.
It’s not worth it. Your life isn’t worth the extra drinks and neither are the lives of others on the road. Stay safe and don’t drink and drive. As you can see from the information above, there are a lot of challenges ahead for anyone who drinks then drives and is caught.