College is a time to plan for the future, meet new people and try new things. Many students spend their college years partying in addition to pursuing a degree, however, and their youthful exuberance often has disastrous consequences. A DUI charge may leave college kids uncertain about their ability to become financially secure. Worse, their parents may have to cover their legal expenses as they work to get on their feet after an arrest.
A DUI arrest is avoidable. These tips can help students stay safe during their vacations or gatherings with friends.
- Plan ahead
A DUI happens when a police officer catches a motorist operating a vehicle while intoxicated. People who want to consume alcohol can plan a way to get home without getting behind a wheel. They may take public transportation or arrange for a sober driver to pick them up.
The financial penalties for an arrest are often steep. Parents who know that their children are going to drink can remind them about the possibility that they may have to pay up to $10,000 if they behave irresponsibly.
- Stick to alcohol
Alcohol is many students’ drug of choice during spring break. There are temptations to indulge in other substances as well like marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and psychedelics. If a person drives or even walks with an illegal substance in his or her bag or pocket, then that individual may face severe penalties such as:
- Drug possession
- Drug trafficking
- Drug conspiracy
There is a big difference between a misdemeanor related to drinking alcohol and a felony that can result in a prison sentence. It is wise to stay away from these dangerous substances and only drink alcohol in a safe environment where there is no risk of arrest.
- Drink in moderation
Having one or two alcoholic beverages can help people warm up, talk and dance with ease. Drinking to the point of blacking out often heightens the possibility of injury or arrest. Partygoers can have a great time by controlling how much alcohol they ingest.
Following these tips can help ensure college students’ safety during spring break and beyond. Keeping them in mind and making them a habit can help keep people on track during their time at a university.