In terms of time-honored traditions, there may be nothing more relaxing than kicking back at a game and having a few beers with friends. We cheer for our team, scream foul at bad plays and have a great time. In Austin, Texas, that tradition has another side to it: fans who are too drunk when leaving a game, and causing the state’s DWI numbers to rise. Football is fun. Tailgating and sharing a few suds can make it more fun. Driving while intoxicated… that’s not fun.
Instead of taking a DWI risk after the game in Austin, think about this kind of playbook:
- You can drive sober to avoid a DWI. It may be common sense, but nobody says you have to drink while enjoying your favorite team’s victory. Plus, you can be the designated driver, the real MVP of the game!
- You can ask someone else to be the DD. Team sports rely on team work, so you can be like your favorite Texas football team and share the glory of sober driving. Considering the number of games in a season, everyone can “take one for the team” and remain sober for at least one of the events!
- Your phone has an offensive maneuver. Think about it – your smartphone has a better purpose than sending drunken text messages. It holds the ability to call a taxi, a sober ride service or to summon rideshare services like Uber or Lyft.
Keeping your commitment to your team requires that you are not facing a DWI in Texas. You cannot cheer them on to victory if you are in court or spending time in jail. If you are convicted of a DWI, you face plenty of other fines and fees, a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock requirement, and a “time out” from the life you love. That’s one fumble you can avoid by planning ahead for your next football game or tailgating extravaganza!