The holidays are great; twinkling lights, exchanging gifts, wonderful food, spending time with friends and family, and perhaps some warm fuzzy holiday cocktails. If your merriment will involve some alcohol infused beverages make sure to be responsible to keep yourself safe and everyone else safe. Being a responsible drinker is also the best way to avoid being busted with a holiday DUI charge.
Stay Safe and Avoid a Holiday DUI
- Of course the simplest way to stay safe while driving and avoid getting a DUI (driving under the influence) charge is NOT to drink any alcohol and abstain from drugs.
- If you know you will be drinking with someone or a group of people, choose a designated sober driver ahead of time. A designated driver is someone who does not consume any alcohol or drugs throughout the day. Often times people will take turns being the designated driver.
- If you don’t have a designated sober driver and you plan to drink, take advantage of all the great public transportation options; taxi, bus, party bus, Uber, Rideshare, etc.
- If you’ve only had a few drinks and feel fine, it is best NOT to drive. DUI patrols are increased during the holiday. If you happened to be pulled over by law enforcement and they believe you are under the influence, they could still charge you with DUI even if you are under the legal limit of a BAC of 0.08.
- If you see a friend or family member under the influence of alcohol or drugs and wants to drive, try to get their car keys and suggest an alternative way for them to get home safely. See our blog, “How You can Prevent a DUI – Tips on getting the Car Keys” for helpful hints.
Staying safe and avoiding a holiday DUI charge isn’t difficult. It just requires planning ahead and making good decisions. Make sure to drink responsibly and keep everyone safe!
Happy Holidays from the staff and DUI attorneys of David O Defense.