Tips to Prevent Drinking and Driving

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by Bain & Rodzik

A drunk driver can change a family’s life in an instant. Drunk drivers continue to be a growing problem on America’s roadways. As a matter of fact, according to MADD, in 2008 drivers who were under the influence were involved in traffic accidents that resulted in nearly 12,000 deaths.¬†With 3 out of 10 Americans expected to be involved in an alcohol-related auto accident over the course of their lives, the odds are good that you or someone you know has or will be affected by this dangerous problem. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk. Here, Bain & Rodzik’s drunk driving attorney in Wilmington NC shares some tips to prevent drinking and driving.

How to Prevent Drinking and Driving When Throwing a Party

The easiest and most effective way to prevent drinking and driving after one of your parties is to not serve alcohol. There are plenty of alternatives out there, including non-alcoholic beers. But, in the event that you do want to serve alcohol, there are still some things you can do to keep its effect to a minimum.

  • Stop serving alcohol an hour or two before the party ends.
  • Serve a meal to your guests or provide them with plenty of appetizers.
  • Don’t pressure your guests (or allow others to pressure them) into drinking alcohol.
  • Collect keys upon arrival and arrange for taxis for inebriated guests or get them a ride with a sober guest.
  • Prepare in advance for people to stay the night if they are too drunk to drive.

How to Reduce Your Risks of Driving Drunk

If you are going to be in an environment where alcohol will be present, then being responsible is the key to keeping your risks of driving drunk low. Keep your drinks to a minimum, eat plenty of food, and drink a lot of water. Having a designated driver chosen before going out will provide some extra peace of mind, but it is essential that the designated driver not partake in the alcohol consumption.

Don’t be too proud to turn your keys over to the party’s host and if you don’t have a designated driver, don’t be against taking a cab home. The last thing you want to do is to be responsible for someone else’s life because you’re too proud not to drive.

How to Detect Drunk Drivers on the Road

When a person is driving under the influence, a sober driver can usually tell by the other driver’s actions. In fact, drunk drivers tend to share several similar driving habits that can make it easy to identify them on the road, such as:

  • Driving in a weaving or swerving pattern
  • Drifting into other lanes
  • Nearly hitting telephone poles, traffic signs, parked cars, or any other objects on or near the road
  • Making very wide turns
  • Driving at a speed much slower than the posted limit
  • Erratic braking and sudden stopping
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Making illegal or abrupt turns
  • Driving without headlights after the sun goes down
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road

Call Our Drunk Driving Attorney in Wilmington NC Today

If you or someone you love was recently involved in an alcohol-related accident, then the drunk driver may be legally liable for your medical bills, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. To learn more about your rights, call Bain & Rodzik’s drunk driving attorney in Wilmington NC today. In drunk driving negligence cases, time is of the essence, so call us today.

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with one of Bain & Rodzik’s experienced attorneys, please call us at 910-762-1199 or visit our website at

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