When you think about reckless driving behaviors, one of the first things that come into your mind is driving under the influence of alcohol, also known as DUI. DUI is illegal anywhere in the United States. A convicted drunk driver may face fines, license suspension, probation, and even jail time. Also, according to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., those who have been victims of drunk driving accidents may take the responsible party – you – to court. In other words, you also have to compensate for the damages.
From all these, you should realize by now that drunk driving is a big no. But for some reason, a lot of motorists still do it, as if they do not fully know the dangers of alcohol while on the wheel.
Tips for Drivers
Alcohol can screw your body coordination, comprehension of things happening on the road, and your emotional and psychological state. These can lead to poor vehicle control, traffic judgment, and vision, slow reaction time, and an added tendency to do other reckless driving acts, like speeding. These can, ultimately, lead to car accidents, injuries, and even deaths.
Avoiding DUI is quite simple. You can avoid drinking or driving. The former is easier to avoid, because you just have to control yourself, learn how to say no, and not give in to peer pressure. The latter can be trickier, but the basic idea is to get a sober person that can drive for you.
This sober person can be a friend who doesn’t drink, a public transport driver like a bus driver or train operator, or a ridesharing service driver like those from Uber.
Tips for Local Governments
If drivers drive drunk because they don’t know the dangers, then it is the local government’s responsibility to make these dangers known. They can create anti-drunk driving campaigns and drunk driving seminars.
But there are also drivers who drive drunk even though they know the dangers. They do so because they are confident that they are not going to be arrested anyway. The local government can increase the possibility of arrest by using tactics like increasing police visibility and creating check points on strategic parts of the city.