4 tips to having a safe, DUI-free Halloween from Naptown Pint

| October 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

5455352_sThis post is brought to you by local beer columnist, Naptown Pint. She’s sharing some tips on how to have a good time out on the town responsibly, while staying out of trouble. 

Here’s the thing, you guys. I like beer. A lot. That’s why I write about it and why I drink it. In fact, I’m kind of like the Dr. Seuss of beer:

Liz drinks her beer here
Liz drinks her beer there
Perhaps on a chair
Or even under a stair
Liz drinks her beer everywhere

But let’s real talk for a moment: There is a big difference between going out and kicking back a few brews or overpriced cocktails with friends and being an idiot about going out and kicking back the same aforementioned beverages with your friends.

I bring this up because, guess what? Tonight is Halloween. And there is no quicker way to harsh your ghoul-themed mellow than to drive drunk. Here are the top three reasons why:

Driving drunk is dangerous

I know this goes without saying, but I’m saying it: Driving drunk puts you and others on the road at risk. And it only gets worse at Halloween, where almost half of fatal crashes and 33 percent of fatal pedestrian incidents involve an intoxicated driver. So please, don’t kill or injure yourself or others. It’s rude.

DUIs are expensive

If putting lives at risk isn’t enough of a don’t-be-dumb motivator, let me break it down for you: DUIs cost money. Lots of it. Your car will get impounded. And depending on where you are, you’ll also need to be bailed out of jail. Then you will need to get a lawyer, and there will definitely be fines, no matter how great your lawyer is. Oh, and did I mention your auto insurance premiums will become hilariously high? Basically, “DUI” is Italian for “Bye bye, money.”

C’mon, really?

Do you really need a third reason beyond hurting people and losing a ton of money? Don’t be that guy.

Now, since we’ve previously established that I’m a beer-lovin’ gal about town – and I feel like we’ve grown closer over these past few paragraphs – I’m going to give you my top four tips to keep yourself from getting arrested or hurting yourself this Halloween.

  1. Plan ahead

    Before I head out the door to go party, I always make the conscious decision to plan how I am getting home. Am I taking a cab? Am I riding with a friend? Am I the designated driver for the evening? Make those decisions ahead of time so that martini in your hand doesn’t make a bad one for you later.

  2. Pre-program numbers into your phone

    This kind of goes hand-in-hand with planning ahead, but it’s always a good idea to have numbers for local taxi companies or other ride service options already saved into your phone. The key again is to make it as easy as possible later to make the right decision.

  3. There’s an app for that

    If you’re a drinker of the modern era, and you’re not living under a rock, you know there are tons of ride-sharing apps out there, like Uber in Annapolis and Lyft in other, larger markets. With a few taps, you can spare yourself the embarrassing, “Hey, can you pick me up?” phone conversation and have a safe ride home.

  4. Don’t drink like a dumb-dumb

    One of the most tried and true ways to avoid a lot of these issues is to just drink responsibly. No matter what anyone says, it’s not cute to have a hangover or look like you just got hit by a truck the day after a party. And I don’t know about you, but there is nothing worse than hearing all of the “hilarious” stories about the stupid stuff you did the night before.

Now that I’ve armed with vast amounts of (obvious) wisdom, it’s time for you to get out and party, Annapolis! Well, unless you’re reading this at work. In which case, don’t start drinking yet. I’ve heard that’s frowned upon in some places.

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Drew Cochran is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has spent his entire career fighting for justice for his clients. He specializes in defending people who have been charged with drunk driving, traffic violations and criminal offenses throughout Maryland.