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Like many young people, you enjoy celebrating with friends, and most of your festivities involve alcohol. There is nothing wrong with having fun as long as you make responsible choices. Unfortunately, if the police catch you at the wrong time or the wrong place, you might face alcohol-related charges. The following information is important for you and other Ohio residents to consider before you go out for a drink.

You might have had a few drinks and then driven home a dozen times without consequences, but the odds will eventually be against you. You might not have enough alcohol in your system to be over the legal limit, but an officer may arrest you if he or she has probable cause to believe you were driving while impaired. Before going out, you might want to take the following measures so you have a better chance of making it home safely and without getting arrested:

  • Talk to your friends about how much you plan on drinking, and consider making a pact not to overindulge. You and your friends can hold each other accountable for setting a limit.
  • Program the number of a taxi service in your phone or download a ride-sharing app, such as Uber or Lyft. Consider using one of these services to get to your drinking destination as well, so your own car is not available to drive home.
  • A sober designated driver is a good idea if you would rather not rely on a stranger for a ride home. Your designated driver can also keep tabs on you during the evening for safety.
  • Never consider getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking, no matter how sober he or she seems. Alcohol impairs judgment, and you might be perceiving your friend as soberer than he or she really is.

You can have fun during a night out without sacrificing your safety. If, however, you find yourself facing charges, you also have the right to seek legal counsel.

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