The holiday season is filled with joy, eating out, and festive events with family and friends. Alcohol consumption is often part of the festivities, too, which can become problematic.
Starting with Thanksgiving Eve—known as “Black Wednesday”—the United States experiences an increase in DUI arrests, as well as drunk driving accidents and fatalities, every year. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation, an average of 300 people are killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
To combat drunk driving and keep the roads safe, police departments throughout the nation will be patrolling the streets in full force and setting up DUI checkpoints. It is imperative to avoid drunk driving during the holiday season.
The following are several tips to avoid a DUI during the holidays:
- Stay sober – You can’t get arrested for drunk driving if you don’t drink. Furthermore, you could act as a designated driver for anyone who decides to include alcohol in the holiday festivities.
- Choose a designated driver – If you plan on drinking, ensure you pick a designated driver who won’t take a sip of alcohol and understands the responsibility of his/her role.
- Get a ride from Uber or Lyft – In the event you cannot find a designated driver or your designated driver ended up consuming alcohol, you can always request a ride using a rideshare app. Keep in mind, charges may apply.
- Spend the night at a friend’s place or a hotel – From work parties to New Year’s Eve celebrations, staying with a friend or booking a room at a nearby hotel enables you to enjoy the night without worrying about how to get home.
- Host a party at your place – To avoid leaving your home entirely, you can throw a party or family gathering yourself. Ensure that there is plenty of space for people to spend the night and/or ensure driving arraignments are made prior to your event.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Ohio, contact Patituce & Associates today at (440) 709-8088 and schedule a free consultation.