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The benefits of having a designated driver

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2022 | Drunk Driving

The desire to have a night out and to get home safely afterward are often at odds with one another, but they don’t have to be. A lot of people give in to the temptation to drive home after drinking, but this almost never pays off.

Drunk driving is not only a safety hazard to you and your passengers, it could also land you in serious legal trouble. Losing your license or obtaining a criminal record could damage your professional reputation and limit your careers prospects. Having a designated driver can bring numerous benefits, such as those outlined below:

You can actually enjoy your night out

Having to worry about getting home can occupy your thoughts for most of the night. You may find yourself not being able to wind down and truly enjoy yourself. After one drink, you could feel like having a few more, and there is nothing wrong with letting your hair down. By having a designated driver among your friend group, you can completely negate the risks of driving after more than one drink.

Reduce your risk of a DUI charge

Intoxication in relation to the way you feel can be deceptive. After waiting a while and ordering some food, you may feel completely fine and perfectly able to drive. However, this does not mean that you are legally entitled to do so. You could exceed the alcohol limits in Maryland after just one or two drinks. If you are pulled over and fail a breathalyzer test, it is highly likely that you will face legal penalties.

It is important to remember that a designated driver doesn’t have to be the same person every time. You can rotate this responsibility, thus ensuring that everyone is safe, legally protected and able to enjoy themselves. If you are facing DUI charges in Maryland, understanding your legal rights could assist you in building a strong defense.