If you're planning on drinking, use a designated driver. It’s
far better to designate a driver ahead of time, before you start drinking.
After a few drinks people tend to get “beer muscles” and they
can mistakenly believe that they’re fine to drive home, when their
BAC says otherwise.
Before planning a night out, take a minute to an honest estimate of your
friend pool. Do you have a friend that always volunteers to be the DD?
Do you have a friend who loves to hang out, but doesn’t drink because they:
- Have religious objections,
- Alcohol doesn’t agree with them,
- They are in the middle of a detox (esp. the ladies)
- Alcoholism runs in their family so they don’t touch the sauce, or
- They are against drinking for another reason.
If you have a friend or two that fits any of these descriptions, then great!
They may be glad to jump at the chance to be the designated driver for
If none of your friends fit into this category, perhaps you can create
a system where each of you takes turns being the DD each weekend or outing.
When all else fails, there’s always Uber and Lyft.
You Have Other Options
If you're out with a group and none of you wants to forego drinking
or can’t call a ride-sharing service for some reason, you can always
use public transportation or an official designated driver service near you.
There are companies, such as "Your Car Our Driver" based out
of Orange County that provide designated drivers to drive your own car
home so that you don't have to worry about picking it up the next day.
If you know you don't want to pay for a designated driver service,
be sure to follow these safety tips for designating a sober driver:
- Always plan ahead. If there's a chance you might drink, have a plan
before you start.
- Only choose a designated driver whom you trust to follow through on their
- If you’re the DD for the night, don’t let your friends down
- Try carpooling. Arriving in the same car with your designated driver will
eliminate the temptation to drive your own car home.
Perks of Being a Designated Driver
Many restaurants give designated drivers free food and non-alcoholic drinks
for agreeing not to drink in order to drive their friends home. Before
you go to a bar or restaurant, call ahead and see if they participate
in any type of designated driver program for special offers.
If you don't use a designated driver and you drive home after drinking,
you may be pulled over and arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. Orange
County law enforcement heavily target drunk drivers.
Cops frequently hang around outside of bars and other restaurants to catch
people who drive after drinking. If this has happened to you,
contact an Orange County DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry,
Inc. for a
free case evaluation!