As the holiday season approaches, there is no denying more people will be out eating, drinking, and enjoying their time off. After all, the holidays, and the parties that come along with them, are a great time to let loose, relax a little, and have some fun.
In fact, it is thought that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. Used as a night to kick off the holiday season, this day, and the weeks to follow, are riddled with people drinking and driving.
And the truth is, the drinking that comes with holiday merriment increases your risk of being pulled over for a DUI.
Although it may seem obvious that to avoid getting a DUI this year is to not drink and drive, we are here to share some extra tips so that you can enjoy a drink or two, and get home safe, sound, and DUI free.
1. Eat Something
One of the most important things you can do, especially if you are a woman with a small frame, is to eat something before you start drinking. This not only prevents you from feeling sick later on, it helps to reduce the absorption of alcohol into your system. This means your BAC will be lower, and you will feel better too!
2. Stop Early
Chances are you have a good indication how long you will be out for the night. Whether you are attending the annual office holiday party or a huge Thanksgiving feast with family and friends, you typically know when you will arrive, and hopefully when you will be heading home.
If you want to indulge and have a few more drinks than normal, do so at the beginning of your festivities. This will give your body time to adjust before you have to drive home, which means a lower BAC and a decreased chance of getting a DUI.
3. Inspect Your Car
Many people get DUIs because they pulled over for something silly like having a brake light out. Then, once the officer approaches your window, and notices you have been drinking, the trouble really for you really begins.
Make sure your car is in good condition before setting out to party. You don’t want to make things worse for yourself and get a DUI.
4. Designate a Driver
If you know you cannot control your alcohol intake, or you want to let loose like never before this holiday season, do the responsible thing and designate a driver before you are drunk. This way you eliminate any risk of getting a DUI.
5. Get a Room
If your holiday party is at a hotel, try booking a room so you don’t have to drive at all that night. This way you can get as crazy as you want and not have to worry about how you will get home without getting a DUI.
6. Keep Information on Hand
If you are pulled over, make sure you have your driver’s license, car insurance, and registration in easy-to-access places. This will reduce suspicions that you have been drinking and may help you avoid a field sobriety test.
After all, fumbling around for these documents is going to alert the officer something is off. This just may land you with a DUI.
Telling you not to drink and drive this holiday season is the obvious answer to avoiding a DUI. However, that is not helpful to those that want to have a few drinks.
If by chance you do end up getting a DUI this holiday season, enlist the help of an experienced DUI at Romano Law, P.C. . Experienced in DUI cases, someone such as Michael Romano can build you a solid defense and get you the lowest sentencing possible should you be facing a DUI.