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College break? Don't ruin your life with a DWI

Spring break is just around the corner, and as a college student, that's extremely exciting. You may just have reached an age where you can go with friends and be on your own. You may have significant plans to go out of state, too.

If this sounds like you, remember that laws still apply no matter what time of year it is. Additionally, you can end up with a DWI, even if you are on vacation.

How can you avoid a DWI while on spring break?

The only surefire way to avoid a DWI is to avoid drinking altogether. However, that isn't always something you'll want or be able to do. If you plan to go out and drink, it's a good idea to take a portable Breathalyzer. This helpful tool can take a breath sample in just a few seconds and let you know if it's safe for you to drive.

To use it successfully, remember that you should wait 15 to 20 minutes after your last drink before testing. If you can, wait another 20 minutes and test again, since your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) could be increasing. You'll want to be absolutely certain that you are sober enough to drive without reckless or dangerous behavior.

If you have the opportunity to have someone else who is sober drive you home or can call a taxi or ride-sharing service, these are good options, too. Just remember, your decisions can affect your life, so take the time to do what's right and avoid driving while you're under the influence of alcohol.

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