Say you’re driving drunk with a friend. Bad idea, we know, but say you’re doing it. It’s likely you’ll make a mistake, since your control of the vehicle is poor, your vision and hearing restricted, and your judgment clouded. Perhaps you drift into the centre line, strike a curb, or drive a bit too slowly.
In any case, you’ve been busted: blue and red lights start to flash behind you. Your friend in the passenger seat says, “You’d better pull over.”
This is when you could add another dumb thing to the dumb thing you’ve already done. You could panic and say, “Quick, switch places with me.” The idea is that by switching places with your passenger you’ll l escape a serious DUI charge.
This idea is bad, for a number of reasons.
- The person you’re switching places with is probably drunk as well. If not, why isn’t he or she driving?
- The police aren’t dumb. They know to watch for the switcheroo once you’ve pulled over.
Needless to say, you’ll both be in trouble when caught. You’ll be charged with DUI, and your seatmate could end up facing charges for obstructing or evading a peace officer. News reports about attempts to evade a DUI through this ruse are common. It’s almost impossible to pull off.
If you’re drunk, the time to switch places with someone else is before you drive.