Nashville is known as a wonderful place to party, but partying comes with its own risks. If you are out drinking, there is a potential for you to get behind the wheel of your car and to try to head back to your home or hotel for the night. Even if it’s a short drive, there is a risk that you could be involved in a crash or be stopped by the police and charged with a DUI.

Since Nashville does see lots of nightlife and events, there’s no excuse not to get home safely. There are ride-sharing services, local buses, taxis and other services available to get you home in one piece.

What should you do to minimize the risk of drunk driving while you’re out for the evening?

One of the better ways to avoid a DUI is simply not to drive to where you’re going to begin with. Take a taxi or a ride-sharing service, so you don’t have keys or a car to worry about.

Another option is to have a designated driver with you. This is riskier because if that person decides to drink, they still could end up driving while intoxicated.

Finally, you can also drink where you plan to sleep. If a friend is having a party or you’re drinking in a bar, find a way to stay on location. For example, a bar inside a hotel is a good place to party if you want to also have a place to stay the night.

No one wants people to stop having a good time, but it is important to take steps to prevent a DUI.