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Myths about sobering up and ‘safe’ drunk driving

On Behalf of | May 24, 2021 | Criminal Defense

Everyone knows that driving under the influence is illegal and unsafe, but what do you do when you’re already away from home and you realize that you’re too drunk to drive? For many people, the solution is to try to sober up and make that drive safer. 

This is a great mindset. The problem is just that people often buy into myths about drunk driving that mean they still get arrested when they thought they had done enough to be safe. 

5 of the most common myths about drinking and driving

To understand why these arrests happen so that you can avoid it yourself, here are five myths about drinking and driving that you may have heard:

  1. Taking a shower — especially a cold one — can make you sober again.
  2. Drinking a large, strong cup of coffee helps make it safe to drive.
  3. You are always sober enough to drive the next morning, so you just need to sleep.
  4. If you eat a lot, you can become sober very quickly.
  5. You can be good at drunk driving if you practice a lot, so it’s safer for some drivers.

The only thing you really need to know is that time helps your Blood Alcohol Concentration fall. That’s it. Many of the myths you hear just make you feel awake — like taking a shower or drinking coffee — but that doesn’t mean you’re sober. It just means you’re wide awake. If you get pulled over, your BAC will still be too high. 

Legal options after a drunk driving arrest

If you tried to be safe and still got arrested, you need to know about all of the legal defense options at your disposal. An experienced attorney can help you understand more.