How Your Smartphone Can Help Prevent A DUI

If you have been charged with a DUI - driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol - then you know for certain that's not something you ever want to experience again. It's scary, it's expensive, and it could easily cost you your job and your freedom. But if you have a smartphone, it's very possible that you won't have to worry about another DUI. Yes, there's an app for that. In fact, there are a few apps that will help you avoid a DUI, and this article will explain how. 

Share a Ride

There are are some popular ride-share apps available for individuals who have been drinking to get a ride. All you need to do is download the app and enter your location information. You'll put your credit card information in and not have to worry when you don't have the correct amount of cash on you. Check with your city to determine if the services are available. 

There are also apps for catching a taxi. You'd be able to book a cab ahead of time and then track its path. Same as a ride share app, your credit card information is stored so you don't have to worry about the cash. 

Social Networking

If you don't want to use a service to bring you home safely, you can always hop on one of your social media accounts to find yourself a ride. Post an update and ask your friends who are nearby and available to save you from the inevitable and come pick you up. You may want to offer to pay for their gas, but at least you're not having to pay for a service. Just make sure that your friend is sober.


In this day and age, anything is possible, so it should not surprise you to find out there's a smartphone breathalyzer. While you don't actually breathe into your phone, there is a device that attaches to your phone either by Bluetooth or by way of your headphone jacks. This tool should only be used as a guide, as it won't be as accurate as an actual breathalyzer. Some of these devices can actually give you a good idea of when you'll be sober again.  

If you find yourself charged with a DUI, you need to call an experienced DUI attorney to help defend you. Because at least for the time being, there's not an app for that.