The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has increased efforts tied to its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The campaign has been running in Florida and across the country to remind people not to drink and drive. Law enforcement agencies nationwide are involved in the campaign to crack down on drunk drivers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is also promoting it Power of Youth program, which is designed to help teenagers say no to drinking and not to get into vehicles with drunk drivers.

Here are a few tips to help drivers stay off the road if they've been drinking. One effective strategy is simply to commit not to drink at all. It can be difficult not to drink when other people around are drinking, but it's the most reliable approach. For people who do drink, it can be a good idea to make a hard and fast commitment not to drive.

To avoid making the decision later, people should decide how they'll get home before they go out for the evening. This eliminates the problem of how to find a ride after they've been drinking. If it is not possible to get home safely, drivers should stay the night where they are or at a nearby hotel. The consequences of a car accident or an OWI conviction are far greater than the cost of a night in a room. Party hosts should encourage their friends to use public transportation or make other travel arrangements.

Drunk driving is a serious charge in Florida. People who are facing drunk driving charges might want to speak with a lawyer. A lawyer who has experience in criminal defense might be able to help by examining the facts of the drunk driving case and looking for weaknesses in the prosecution narrative. A lawyer might challenge the admissibility of evidence on the client's behalf or negotiate a plea bargain with prosecutors.

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