While we’ve all grown up with the awareness that driving after consuming alcohol is a dangerous, irresponsible, and risky action to take, there are still some of us in Australia who take this risk on a relatively regular basis. If you’re one of those people who like a few drinks and need your friends to persuade you to hand over your keys after a long night out, it’s time to start taking action against this dangerous habit.
If you do find yourself in legal trouble as a result of drinking and driving, or any other type of traffic violation, contact an organisation like Powerhouselaw to discuss your legal options. If you’re battling with the repercussions of past mistakes that have led to extended legal difficulties, they should also be able to assist you. In future, keep these prevention tips in mind.
Know The Law
Many drinkers mistakenly believe that they can have a few beers in the pub and still pass a breathalyser should they get pulled over. The legal limit in Australia is a 0.05 blood alcohol level. Because it’s impossible to know exactly how much each drink will affect your blood alcohol level, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and have no drinks at all if you’re planning to drive that day. Just that 0.05 level can double your chances of getting into an accident. If you’re still a learner or probationary driver, the limit is changed to 0.00, which means absolutely no drinking allowed.
Make A Plan
If you’re planning to go out and you know that a few drinks could be on the cards, make a plan ahead of time to be sure that driving won’t be an option. Get in touch with a friend who doesn’t drink and ask them to be your designated driver. If no friend is available, it’s time to book a taxi for a specific time, or program the taxi numbers into your phone. Apps like Uber can be invaluable when you’re out late and need to get home without getting behind the wheel yourself.
Be A Good Friend
One of the best ways to prevent drunk driving is by looking out for each other. If you know that your friend has had a couple drinks and is insisting on driving, take charge and get their keys away from them. Help them by calling a taxi, make sure they get in it, and lend them cash if they need financial assistance to get home safely. Don’t let your friends get behind the wheel if they’re intoxicated – it’s as simple as that.
You also have a part to play when it comes to throwing parties. Don’t serve excessive amounts of alcohol to your guests, and be wary of any guests who you know have brought a car with them. Be a responsible host and make sure there are plenty of soft drink options for those who need to drive. Keep water ready to be served, and set up reliable and safe transport options for guests who will be drinking alcohol. Make travel arrangements ahead of time if you know that your guests will be intoxicated so that everyone will get home safely and no one else on the roads will be put at risk.