Buy a Breathalyzer
A Breathalyzer is a portable hand-held device in which you
blow, that measures your blood alcohol level. Many good
breathalyzers can be purchased on-line. Buy a good one. In
general, they are priced based on their accuracy – the more
expensive the unit, the more accurate the reading. For
about $100 you can find a quality unit that is approved by
the Department of Transportation. Do your research, buy
one, and put it in your car.
This is a critical first step in your protection against
getting a DUI. It could be the difference between going to
jail and going home to sleep in your own bed.
Think about it: A $100 investment to avoid $10,000 in
expenses and all of the time and hassles related to a DUI?
Talk about a great return on an investment. Stop reading
right now, go to the Internet, and purchase your
Breathalyzer. It is that important.
After you receive it, make sure you put it in your car. It
does no good at home in a drawer. As a matter of fact, you
should buy one for every car you own and keep it in there.
Search Your Vehicle for any Incriminating Items
Remember those empty beer cans that you threw in the back
of your truck during your last fishing trip? How about that
flask that you keep in your glove box, or in your golf bag
in the trunk? Any remnants of marijuana in your ashtray?
Any concealed firearms or knives? Now is a good time to go
to your vehicle and get rid of any items that could be
incriminating if you are stopped. When a cop pulls you
over, he is trying to build a case against you. One of the
ways he builds such as case is by simply looking inside your
car for any evidence that you’ve been drinking. Don’t help
him build his case against you.
What do you think your chances are of avoiding arrest if a
cop walks up to your vehicle and sees several empty beer
cans in the back of your truck; then sees a flask fall out
of the glove box when you try and retrieve your
registration; and shines his flashlight on what appears to
be remnants of a marijuana cigarette in your ashtray? If
you haven’t guessed already, the answer is that you are
probably going to jail just as soon as he can get his
handcuffs on you.
Go clean out your vehicle now. Once again, don’t keep
reading. Go to you car and do it now. You’ll thank me
Make Sure All Of Your Headlights, Taillights, And Signals
Studies show that DUIs often result from a traffic stop for
another reason. In other words, cops will often stop
someone for a broken taillight or turn signal, then smell
alcohol on the driver and end up arresting him for a DUI.
Why give cops that advantage? Take the time before you go
out and double-check your brake lights, turn signals,
taillights, even your license plate light, and anything else
that may attract unwanted attention. This entire process
may take a couple of minutes maximum. But the payoff? – not
getting a DUI – priceless!
Put A Tape Recorder In Your Car
Buy a small hand-held tape recorder and keep it in your car.
Should you ever get stopped after drinking, this could be a
very valuable piece of evidence. This is your record of the
events that occurred. Sure, cops often record sound and
video during their stops. However, it is not unheard of for
those records to turn up edited at those precise moments
that favor the citizen.
In addition, if you have a record of a cop making a mistake,
your case could be thrown out. For example, imagine if a
cop was caught on tape violating law or procedure. Your
case would likely be dismissed or charges dropped. How
valuable then does that make your tape recorder? That’s
right – priceless!
Warning: be sure and check the laws in your state regarding
recording another person with or without their knowledge.
In general, you can record anyone, as long as they know they
are being recorded. You don’t have to announce it to them.
Simply put the recorder in plain view and turn it on. Go
buy a recorder now, for each of your cars.
Make Sure You Have Driver’s Rights Cards in All Cars
In my book, I provide a listing of your rights that you will
use, should you ever be stopped for a DUI investigation.
It’s critical that you have these in all of your cars.
You can put them with your registration and proof of
insurance documents. When you are stopped, and an
investigation begins, hand the cop this card.
Use A Designated Driver
A cliché for sure. However, it is a simple and effective
method for avoiding a DUI. Before you go out, decide who
will be the driver. If it’s you, make sure you don’t drink,
or drink very little. Don’t wait until it’s closing time at
the bar before you select a designated driver.
Use Public Or Other Transportation
Take a taxi. Ride a bus. Hitchhike. Walk. Ride a bike.
Have your mother drop you off. Do anything. Just don’t
drive to the bar.
Eat A Large Meal
Eating a large meal before going out will help slow the rate
of absorption. It will not prevent you from becoming
impaired or prevent the alcohol from being absorbed into
your bloodstream. However, by slowing the rate of
absorption, you will slow the rate at which you reach the
legal limit for driving. In other words, you will be able
to drink more, before you feel the effects. We’ve all had a
drink on an empty stomach. You can feel the effects of the
alcohol after you’ve downed the first cocktail. Eat before
you go out, and slow your rate of intoxication. It could be
the difference in going over the legal limit.
Drink A Lot of Water
Before you go out for the evening, drink several glasses of
water. Again, this will not prevent the alcohol from
getting into your system. But it will help slow the rate of
absorption. Water also has the welcomed side effect of
preventing or reducing the effects of a hangover.
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