Benefits of Designating a Sober Driver
In recent years special interest groups and government-funded programs have attempted to raise awareness about the importance about the responsible social consumption of alcohol. Through television commercials, billboards, and education programs in schools and elsewhere, warnings of the dangers of drinking and driving permeates our society.
Unfortunately, in spite of awareness campaigns, some people do not realize how dangerous operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can be. Persons who are intoxicated often exhibit delayed reaction time, drowsiness, lack of depth perception, and may be unable to judge speed and distance on the roadway. Inebriated drivers may not realize how poorly they are driving and may cause serious injury or death in the event of an accident.
If a person chooses to consume alcohol, he or she should have a plan for getting home that does not include driving one’s own vehicle. Many people choose to use public transportation, call a taxicab, or designate a sober driver to get them home safely. In most cases, the designated driver is the best and cheapest method for responsibly drinking and heading home.
Many people will designate a single person to stay sober for the evening during events that feature the consumption of alcohol. In some cases, groups of friends will share the responsibility and will designate a different person each time they go out. In other cases individuals who typically do not consume alcohol will take responsibility for the group on a regular basis.
Individuals who choose not to designate a sober driver may cause serious accidents on the roadway that may result in injury or death. Drivers and passengers alike may fall victim to accidents caused by drunk drivers. In the event of injury, the persons may be able to pursue personal injury lawsuits against the person who was intoxicated, which may be very costly for all involved.
In addition, drunk drivers may face arrest and criminal prosecution if the driver is apprehended by law enforcement. Police officers may arrest persons who are driving in a reckless or dangerous manner, or if the driver fails to obey the rules of the road like using turn signals, stopping at stop signs, and obeying the speed limit. In the event of a traffic stop, the officer may choose to administer a roadside sobriety test to determine if the individual is intoxicated. DWI charges can be very costly and may result in the loss of driving privileges, heavy fines, and even incarceration.
For more information on DWI charges, visit the website of the Dallas DWI attorney Mark T. Lassiter.