Driving After Drinking, 5 Questions You Should First Ask Yourself
Driving After Drinking? consider these questions
Picture the following scenario: You're at a party and you're really itching to get home. You've had a few drinks, but you feel capable of driving. You don't have the money for a cab, your friends aren't interested in leaving and you don't have anyone else you can call. Do you get in the car and drive? Before you answer, there are a few other questions you should ask yourself:
1. Are You Ready to Lose Your Driver's License?
Even if you think you're capable of driving, you could still be pulled over by the police. If this happens, there is a real possibility you will lose your driver's license. As the website of a;DUI lawyer points out, there are sometimes state specific guidelines that can potentially protect your driving privileges, but, even then, it is not guaranteed that you won't lose them. Are you ready to give up driving for a year or more? If not, then it would be better not to risk it.
2. Are You Ready to Lose Your Job?
Depending on the nature of your job, getting a DUI could potentially cause you to be fired. If you do any form of driving, such as delivering pizza, operating a school bus or driving a cab, a DUI would spell doom for your future. Even if your job doesn't involve driving, you probably rely on your car to help you commute to work.
3. Are You Ready to Spend Time in Jail?
There is a good chance that a DUI could result in some jail time even if you don't have a prior arrest history. If you get involved in an accident and hurt someone while drunk, the jail time you face could be quite serious. Unless you're okay with spending a chunk of your life behind bars, it's better to avoid driving.
4. Are You Ready to Pay Legal Fees?
To properly handle a DUI and keep yourself out of jail, you're going to have to spend a great deal of money. Not only will you have to pay your lawyer, but you will also have to pay for DUI education classes and probation fees. This can add up to thousands of dollars in fines for a single DUI. Unless you have that money to spend, driving after drinking is not worth the risk.
5. Are You Ready to Take a Life?<
The biggest risk that comes with driving after drinking is the chance that you might accidentally kill someone. Legal fees can be worked out, and jail time can be dealt with, but taking a life would remain on your soul for the rest of time. Is that something you can live with?
When you really think about it, not even one of the things from this list would be worth driving after drinking. No matter how badly you feel that you need to drive, it isn't the right thing to do. Calling a cab could not only save your own life but the life of someone else. At the end of the day, that is worth an extra $20 and a few minutes more of your time.
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