Many people have a DWI (driving while intoxicated) on their record. Every weekend, thousands of people head to the bars and the various clubs around the country. It’s very easy for a young person to feel invincible when they go out. They’re hanging with their friends, dancing, and having an overall good time. When a person is caught up in the whirlwind of the nightlife, it’s a widespread problem to forget how many drinks you’ve had. We often hear our friends say things such as, “I’ll just have one.” Eventually, one becomes two, then three, and before you know it, they are in a stage of drinking where they become impaired. The most common signs of someone being impaired or intoxicated by alcohol are the following:
- Slow or slurred speech
- Loss of balance
- Poor or impaired judgment
- Visual impairment
- Wanting to continue to drunk despite being very intoxicated
When a person is in this state, it becomes very easy to make dangerous or risky decisions. People might become more bold or aggressive. One of the most hazardous things people do, and more often than not the most dangerous, is driving under the influence. In 2016, it was reported that 13,177 alcohol-related traffic crashes happened in Texas. As a result, there were 521 fatalities and 1,271 injuries.
DWI – How to Prevent Them in Houston, TX
With 2.3 million residents, drunk driving, unfortunately, happens here in Houston. Every 20 minutes someone is hurt or killed by an alcohol-related crash in Texas. It’s always a tragedy when someone loses their life to a drunk driver. It affects everyone in the community. The hurt families, imprisonment of the individual, and worst of all, the loss of a person. Everyone should take proper precautions when going out to enjoy the nightlife. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and below are some essential tips that can help you relax out and about while safe. But most importantly, these steps could save someone’s life.
Have a Designated Driver
Someone should be assigned the position of the designated driver before going out. This person should not consume alcohol when at the bars or clubs. As a result, everyone can be transported to and from the venue without the risk of someone getting behind the wheel. Additionally, the idea of having someone driving everyone home provides a great deal of comfort and peace of mind. This eliminates someone from getting a DWI.
People process one standard drink in approximately one hour. However, there are a lot of factors that can play into whether or not gets drunk as quickly as others. Metabolism, eating on an empty stomach, age, alcohol tolerance, and a person’s sex will play a part. Try to eat when drinking and drink water or a non-alcoholic beverage between drinks. This will make sobering up very easy and reduces your chances of getting a DWI.
Stay In For the Night
As mentioned, a person will metabolize a standard drink (12 ounces of beer, a shot of alcohol, or 5 ounces of wine) in about an hour. If you plan to drink more than one drink, then you’re advised to wait a few hours to drive. This is a lot easier when a person drinks at home. Not only will you be comfortable waiting, but the time will also pass quickly if you’re in a house with friends. In the worst-case scenario, you could ask to spend the night. It may be a small inconvenience, but it’s a better alternative than driving. A DWI is never worth it.
We have many years of experience in bail bonds and we’re familiar with drunk drivers. If you or a loved one is facing charges then please give us a call at our Harris location at (713)-225-2727. Call us to avoid facing DWI charges.