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Should you use a designated driver?

DWIs can take place anywhere and may even happen when you're not in a car. You could get a DWI while driving a boat or even while riding a lawnmower in some situations. Using any vehicle while under the influence puts you in a position where you could be stopped, accused of driving drunk and arrested.

The summer months are winding down, so plenty of people try to warm up with alcohol in the evenings. Overall, people drink only enough to relax and be comfortable, so they're not a danger to themselves or others. However, if you do want to go out and drink a fair amount, it's best that you plan ahead of time, so you can get home safely.

Identify your designated driver to get home safely

A designated driver is a person who doesn't drink, use drugs or eat any kind of intoxicating substance that could impact their ability to drive safely. If you plan to go out and drink, a good rule is to have a designated driver (DD) ready to drive whenever you decide to leave.

Not all DDs are going to be at the same party or event you're going to. Some people choose to have a friend or loved one stand by, and they call them when they're in need of a ride. Others set times to get picked up and dropped off, so they know a sober driver will be there when they need them.

Using a DD is a great way to stay safe and avoid a DUI, so long as the DD doesn't use any intoxicating substance. Consider having one the next time you go out for drinks.

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