Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to pack your bags, leave your worries behind and embark on a memorable vacation. This is a reminder to take that trip and about the money you are saving right now by not getting a DUI. One poor choice, such as driving under the influence (DUI), can quickly cancel your dream vacation or turn it into into a nightmare. It is important to focus on spending your time and money on a vacation, not a DUI.
The consequences of a DUI: Driving under the influence has severe legal, financial and personal consequences, like heavy fines, suspension of your driver’s license, mandatory alcohol education programs and even jail. Apart from the legal ramifications, a DUI can impact your future in many other ways, like employment, your career and it endangers others. I would much rather spend my time and money on a vacation in some tropical paradise, sipping a margarita on the beach rather than sharing a cup of “Pruno” with my celly. (Pruno is known as “prison wine” illegally made from ingredients available in custody – not available at most wine tasting events outside of jail.)
Always think “alternative transportation options” such as public transit, ridesharing services, or designated drivers even while on vacation. Vacations are meant to provide relaxation, adventure and quality time with friends or family. One of the greatest joys of traveling is immersing yourself in local cultures, traditions and experiences. By focusing on enjoying the local cuisine, exploring landmarks, engaging in recreational activities and meeting new people, you create memories that will last a lifetime. Wasting precious vacation time dealing with the aftermath of a DUI incident is a costly and an unfortunate distraction which can not only cancel or ruin your vacation but also negatively impact your future and the future of others.
3. Look out for others and encourage people you are with to not drink and drive.
Wouldn’t you rather spend your money enjoying a trip with your friends and family, hitting the beaches, fishing or sightseeing rather than dealing with the cost and anxiety of a DUI arrest and possible consequences?