Each year, hundreds of people across the Southwest end up behind bars just because they drove after a night out on the town. Unsurprisingly, younger individuals
are more likely to get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll get caught, the last thing any driver wants to do is have to call a Denver criminal defense attorney to represent them in court. Every DUI can be prevented when people learn to recognize the signs that someone should get a ride home. The next time you and your friends are out on the town, watch for these warning signs.
Strange Speech Patterns
Slurred speech is a well-known sign that someone has had too much to drink, but it’s not the only one to watch for. Before your friend gets behind the wheel, have a quick conversation with them. Are they speaking slower than normal or having difficulty controlling the volume of their voice? If so, it’s best to call them a cab. Even a lightly tipsy person may have a hard time forming words the way they normally would.
Weaving or Wobbling
When you’re buzzed, you may find it more difficult to balance, walk, or even sit. If your friend is weaving as they walk or wobbling in their chair, they shouldn’t get behind the wheel. This is a sure-fire sign that they’ve had too much to drink and may lack the coordination required to drive a car safely.
Short-Term Memory Problems
When you’re sober, your memory can typically keep track of what happened in the last few hours. However, if you’re drunk, it’s not uncommon to forget what happened, who you talked to, or even how much you’ve had to drink already. If you find yourself forgetting what just happened or a friend can’t remember what you just talked about a moment ago, call a cab. It’s not safe to get behind the wheel.
Alcohol can delay response times and this includes your ability to focus on objects. For most people, this results in a glassy or glazed over look. If you find yourself seeing double or see a friend that seems to be staring at nothing in particular, don’t get behind the wheel. Find a designated driver, take public transit, or request a rideshare on your phone.
Asking If You’re Sober Enough
When in doubt, don’t get behind the wheel. In fact, if you’re having to ask yourself whether or not you’re sober enough to drive, you’ve probably had too much. If anyone in your friends group is asking if they’re okay to drive, immediately take their keys away, phone a friend to drive them home, or schedule a rideshare pickup. If they get behind the wheel, they could, at best, get pulled over for DUI and, at worst, hurt themselves or someone else on the road.
Mistakes happen and if you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence
, you don’t have to go through it alone. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team today. Call (303) 501-1800 today.