Getting a DUI in Georgia, even for the first time, could cost you. Some of the consequences include a fine between $300 and $1000, 40 hours of community service and/or a license reinstatement fee of $210.
However, you can avoid getting a DUI charge or conviction by taking preventive actions. Here are five ways to do that.
Be a designated driver
If you’re at a bar, party or another social gathering that serves alcohol, refuse offers of drinks. That way, you can be alert and sober when it’s time to go home.
Let someone else be a designated driver
If you choose to drink and go over the limit, designate a sober driver beforehand — like a close friend. You can also take public transportation or use a rideshare service.
Stay over the night and wait until the next day to drive
Suppose you’re at a friend’s home, and for some reason, you can’t get someone to drive you home. Consider staying in until morning to allow time for the effects of alcohol to wear off.
Eat something with an alcoholic drink
Imbibing alcoholic beverages on an empty stomach increases your blood alcohol level and makes you prone to conditions like gastritis and mood swings. Eating a snack with a glass of beer or wine helps slow down alcohol absorption.
Check the ingredients of certain foods
Some people can unintentionally spike their blood alcohol level by consuming foods containing added alcohol. If you’re at a restaurant, ask about the ingredients of an item before ordering it.
A DUI is the last thing you would want on your record, but there are steps you can take to avoid getting one. Still, if you find yourself with a DUI charge, consider seeking legal assistance to help you out.