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Consuming alcohol and then getting behind the wheel of a car is never a good combination. Ultimately, a DUI is not something you want on your record. If you haven’t already used it, Uber has recently experienced a massive growth in the United States over the last few years. From late-night rides home to mid-day pick-ups from a concert or party, Uber is always a solid choice.
With sober rides now available at your fingertips, let’s take a look at a few logical alternatives to drunk driving that will be sure to help you during your next night out.
Designate a Driver
If you are unable to hire a cab or driver to take you home, make sure you set up a ride home from a friend or family member before you go out. A designated driver can help you get home safely and without risking a DUI.
As referenced above, Uber is now available for anyone who owns a smartphone. Uber is a lot like a traditional taxi service in the sense that a driver is paid to take a person from point A to point B. However, instead of being called or waved down on the street, Uber cars are requested by the press of a button on a smartphone app.
Uber drivers work on their own schedule and the easy-to-use app provides a map view of available drivers and their real-time locations. To calm your nerves, potential Uber drivers must pass a background check. Furthermore, they also must not have been convicted for reckless driving in the past three years or driving under the influence in the past seven years. Mesa DUI lawyers always recommend using Uber when drinking is involved.
Old-School Taxi Services
Believe it or not, there are still a handful of different cab companies scattered around each town that can ensure you get home safely. Be sure to do some research to find out which ones work best for you.
Good old fashioned walking home is always a safe option. If you have a short distance to walk, and you aren’t walking alone, consider walking home at the end of the evening. It is a much safer alternative to hopping in your car and potentially injuring yourself and others.
Stay Safe. Choose a Safer Option
If you choose to operate a vehicle while under the influence, you risk getting a DUI. This means that you’ll have your driver’s license suspended or even revoked, your insurance rates will go up, and among other things, it may have a negative effect on your current job, career, or place of future employment. Quite simply, drinking and driving is not worth the risk. Instead, call a cab, a sober driver, or use consider using Uber to avoid these long-term consequences.
If you have questions related to a DUI or any other alcohol-related convictions, Mesa DUI lawyers can help you. Feel free to reach out to us at any time. Most importantly, drive safe and if you drink, take a cab or user Uber.