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Planning to drink? Don't plan to drive

You enjoy a drink every now and then, but you don't usually drink so much that you could get into trouble. Keeping drinks to a minimum lets you have a good time while still leaving you sober at the end of the night, so you can drive home.

The last time you went out, though, you had more than usual. A friendly group of people bought a few rounds of shots, and you lost track of how much you'd had. By the end of the night, you felt pretty good, so you thought it would be safe to drive home.

You thought wrong. About halfway down the road, you felt unwell. You pulled over and were nauseated. An officer pulled up behind you to check on you, and you knew that it could mean trouble. It wasn't long before they asked if you'd been drinking and driving and gave you a Breathalyzer test.

Even though you were parked, the reality was that the officer knew you were driving beforehand. On top of that, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was over .08%.

If you plan to drink, don't plan to drive

The only way to avoid a situation like this is to completely avoid drinking if you are planning to drive.

You might not feel impaired, but how you feel can be directly affected by your gender, weight, how much food you've eaten and other factors. There is no way to quickly get sober, and you may feel a false sense of sobriety that ends up landing you in trouble.

If you plan to drink, call a cab. It's less expensive than the DWI that you could face otherwise.

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