Could a designated driver save you from DWI charges?

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2022 | DWI

After working hard all week, most people like to let their hair down on the weekend. People enjoy numerous forms of recreational activities. Some enjoy attending sports events, others attend the theater and many people like to go to the bar and catch up with friends over a few drinks.

Obviously, there is nothing wrong with anything stated above. However, unless you are hosting events at home, you will need to get yourself to and from different destinations. If you intend to drink while partaking in leisurely activities, then you essentially rule yourself out of driving. Being caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08% is unlawful in Texas, and the penalties can be severe.

One way to avoid this risk is to nominate a designated driver. Outlined below are the key reasons you might consider this option.

Reduced stress

Enjoying yourself means letting go of any unnecessary stresses, and thinking about how to get home safely is certainly stressful. By having a designated driver, you eliminate this worry and can focus on enjoying your free time. This person can be anyone in your friendship group, and you might even take a turn occasionally to keep things fair.

You can all be safe

Not only is driving under the influence illegal, but it can also place you and those around you in danger. If you are intoxicated, then you are not going to make the best driving decisions. Your vision, reaction times and general driving capabilities can all be negatively impacted. You want to avoid harm as well as any legal repercussions, and a designated driver allows you to do this.

No alcohol means no risk

 Perhaps you might get away with only having one, or waiting for a while before setting off. But is it really worth the risk? The only way to fully ensure that you are legally protected from DWI charges is to not consume any alcohol.

DWI charges can affect your personal life and your employment. If you find yourself having to defend such allegations, make sure you are fully aware of your legal rights in Texas.

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