Texas DWI Defense Attorney Reveals the Lies That Drunk Drivers Tell Themselves and Others

The best way to avoid a DWI during the holiday season or at any time of year is to avoid driving while you are intoxicated. We understand that alcohol consumption and intoxication are fluid concepts, but the law relies on hard numbers when it comes to enforcing the rules for drunk driving – you’re either over the legal limit or you’re not. In other words, when you drink alcohol and then make a choice about whether to drive based on what you or other people say or think, you’re not working with actual numbers – you are taking a chance.

There are several ways that people justify their decisions to drive after consuming alcohol. It is important that drivers understand that although these scenarios are common and happen all of the time, DWI arrests are also common and happen all of the time. Here are a few of the common things that people tell themselves or others in an attempt to justify their decision to drink and drive:

  • They say, “I’m OK to drive.” Usually, this statement is not made out of the blue; it comes as a response to someone else who is asking the person whether they should be getting behind the wheel.
  • They say, “I’ve only been drinking beer.” Beer is alcohol. Alcohol makes people intoxicated. It is easy to see how this statement could get someone into trouble if they choose to drive after “only drinking beer.”
  • Sometimes, people say, “I have eaten plenty of food.” While this may or may not be true, sometimes people are less than honest with themselves and others about how much they ate and when they ate it. Perhaps more importantly, while food does help our bodies to assimilate alcohol, driving after eating and drinking is still driving after drinking. There’s still a risk that you will get a DWI.
  • You may hear yourself or someone else says that they only have a short way to drive. This statement usually means that the person speaking is aware that they have been drinking, but that they think they will make it to their destination without being stopped by the police. Fortunately, people in this situation often have the option of walking to wherever they are going, which would eliminate the possibility of a DWI.

There are plenty of other things that people tell themselves or others in attempts to justify their decision to drive after drinking alcohol. If you catch yourself or someone that you know saying any of the aforementioned things or something similar, it may be time to stop and think before you drive. Remind yourself, your friend, or your family member that while there’s a chance that you or they will make it to wherever you or they are going safely and without incident, there is also a chance that an accident or an arrest could occur. A DWI conviction has serious consequences for the driver, consequences that reach into every area of their lives. Be sure to factor that into any discussion that you have with yourself or others about drinking and driving.

If you are arrested and charged with DWI, get help from an attorney right away. Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has helped many clients with their DWI cases. It is possible that he could help you, too. To learn more about Texas DWI cases, please call 214-521-4567 today.


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