FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. In cities like Fort Lauderdale, where public transportation has its gaps or is simply nonexistent, it can be tough to know what to do if you feel like you’ve had one too many to drink. However, the consequences of a DUI can be incredibly serious, even if you are only slightly over the blood alcohol concentration limit of 0.08%. You can face the loss of your license, jail time, and fines, not to mention collateral consequences including higher insurance rates, limited access to federal aid programs, and difficulties traveling abroad. So, what can you do if you’ve been out drinking, but don’t have a designated driver on hand and find yourself far away from a bus stop? Here are some things to consider:

Enter the designated driver service. According to the Sun Sentinel, one service offers designated drivers on demand in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, and Naples. The service offers a personal chauffer to those who want to spend a night out drinking, but who do not want to worry about how they are going to get home. One of the issues about calling an Uber after you have driven to the bar is that you’ll have to leave your car behind. This service avoids that drawback. Planning ahead saves money, but for a higher fee, a driver can pick you and your car up. Unlike Uber and other taxi services, the designated driver service doesn’t seem to be a threat to local chauffer services, because the clientele are different and have different goals.

Another option is calling an Uber or taxi service. While these services can run you a bill as high as $60, it is still cheaper than facing the DUI penalties in Florida, which can run up to a $1000 for a first-time offense, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. When weighing the cost over the consequences, a taxi bill is always better. Drunk driving puts others at risk, puts your own life at risk, and is simply not worth it.

Finally, if you are totally broke, you can always speak to your bartender. Explain the situation. He or she may be able to pair you up with another group at the bar who has a designated driver. The bartender may also know about local volunteer designated driver services. On busy game nights and holidays, some cities may have these options in place.

Despite having options, drinking affects a person’s judgement. If you made a mistake and are now facing drunk driving charges, it is important to understand that you have rights. The criminal defense lawyers at Henson Law Firm work with individuals facing DUI charges. Our firm can review the facts of your case, look at the evidence gathered against you, and help you understand your options. No one wants to face DUI charges, but if you have been arrested, visit us at to learn more about your rights.