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Designated Driver Tips

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:

  1. Have religious objections,
  2. Alcohol doesn’t agree with them,
  3. They are in the middle of a detox (esp. the ladies)
  4. Alcoholism runs in their family so they don’t touch the sauce, or
  5. 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 the evening!

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 commitment.
  • If you’re the DD for the night, don’t let your friends down by drinking.
  • 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!