Driving under the influence is a serious offense that can have devastating consequences. DUIs can result in significant fines, license suspension and even imprisonment. Wisconsin state labels a DUI “Operating While Intoxicated.”
By taking the initiative, drivers can reduce the likelihood of OWIs.
Planning ahead to avoid OWI
One of the best ways to prevent OWI is to make advance plans. Before heading out, consider your options for transportation. If you plan on drinking, arrange for a designated driver, a ride-sharing service or public transportation. Taking these steps can help ensure that you avoid getting behind the wheel while under the influence.
If you plan to drink alcohol and know you must go somewhere afterward, it is essential to moderate your consumption. Wisconsin has strict drunk driving laws, and even a small amount of alcohol can put you over the legal limit if you have prior convictions. To reduce your risks, consider drinking non-alcoholic beverages and eating food between alcoholic drinks. This can help keep your blood alcohol content at a safer level.
Even if you are drinking responsibly, it is important to be aware of the signs of intoxication. These can include slurred speech, impaired coordination and poor judgment. If you start to notice these signs, it is time to stop imbibing and make alternate transportation arrangements.
You can reduce the risk of OWI and keep yourself and others safe on the road by being aware of how to prevent the problem. Remember that the consequences of OWI can be severe, so make responsible decisions when it comes to drinking and driving.