DUI and Your Friends

We’ve all heard the mantra “friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” Truer words could not be spoken. It is a true friend who recognizes that their friend is not in a state where they can safely operate a car, and that it would be in their best interests if they took a cab or found another way home. But how to intervene is sometimes a tricky question. Everyone reacts differently when they’ve had a bit too much, and you don’t want to end up offending someone unnecessarily. But you’ve got to do something to avoid a possible accident. Here are some tips and ideas for how to get those keys away from your friend.

1. Make a joke about it and laugh. Keep it light, but get the keys.

2. Avoid a confrontation. You don’t want to embarrass the person, especially men who often don’t want to appear to be vulnerable to alcohol. But still be firm.

3. Take the keys from them while they’re not looking.

4. Offer to be the designated driver for the whole group. Not singling them out, but making them part of the group could be an easy way for them to get on board with the idea.

5. Bring it up at the beginning of the night. Make plans as a group how you’re going to get home safely at the end of the night and then make sure it happens that way.

6. If all else fails, call the police. It may put some strain on your friendship, but sometimes true friends have to make hard choices.

There are many ways to get your friend to not drive drunk. The important thing is to take real action that actually leads to your friend NOT driving home on their own. If it comes down to it you might have to do something that could potentially upset them. They might not talk to you for a while. But remember that you potentially saved them or someone else from an accident, injury or death. It is too important to just let it go.

If your friend is arrested for DUI, make sure they find a good DUI lawyer in the state where they were arrested as soon as possible. You can easily find DUI attorneys online by doing a search such as Baltimore DUI Lawyer or a similar search for your metro area. Take the time to find an attorney with the right level of experience and ability.

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