Under Texas law it is illegal for an individual to operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. A DWI is a serious offense that has the potential to cause potential harm to yourself and the surrounding community. It is important to utilize alternative methods of transportation to avoid driving while intoxicated.

Designated Drivers

Designated drivers are individuals who are assigned the duty of remaining sober to drive their friends, family, colleagues, etc. who are consuming alcohol. Before alcohol consumption begins, you must determine the number of drivers needed to transport the group from location to location. Once the number has been calculated, the group must designate certain individuals as sober drivers. Aside from the benefit of avoiding any possible DWI offenses, designated drivers provide benefits such as saving costs of transportation and saving costs of alcoholic beverages. Designated drivers can be easily employed in private homes, at sporting events, at bars, etc.

Formal Designated Driver Programs

Formal designated driver programs provide designated drivers through a system organized by volunteers and/or organizations. They offer the same incentives as the casual setting of designated drivers previously mentioned. However, formal designated driver programs are predominantly implemented at major events such as New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, and St. Patrick’s Day.

Safe Ride Programs

Safe ride programs include methods of transportation such as:

  • Taxi cabs
  • Limousines
  • Buses
  • Trucks
  • Shuttles

Companies offer safe ride programs regionally. Passengers are required to pay for their transportation. Payment is usually a fare rate based on the distance and number of passengers but may also be a flat rate.


In the last few years, safe ride programs such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have become popular methods of transportation to avoid driving while intoxicated. These three companies employ private drivers who use their own vehicles to transport passengers via cell phone applications. Payment is always done through a credit card, which is set up through the phone application. The applications have a feature that allows passengers to split fares amongst the group. However, the prices may be costly especially during time periods when there is a high demand for the car service, allowing the company to increase their price for a set period of time.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is a low-cost method of transportation that may be used to avoid driving while intoxicated. Methods of transportation that are open to the public at a low cost include buses, subways, metros, etc.

Although they are cost efficient, the hours are limited and there may be prolonged waiting times.

If you have been charged with a DWI, you may face serious consequences that could impact your employment, family life, and financial situation for years to come. The Wilder DWI Defense Firm is equipped with a team of highly skilled trial attorneys with expertise in DWI-related offenses in Texas. Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation.