The most effective (and admittedly obvious) way to avoid a DUI this holiday season is to stay out of the driver’s seat when you’ve had too much to drink. Once Halloween rolls around and the holiday season kicks into high gear, there seems to be endless opportunity for celebration and drinking, and where there is an abundance of alcohol, there is an abundance of opportunity to hop behind the wheel and be caught driving under the influence.
When you get wrapped up in the moment at a company outing, family gathering, or other holiday party where there are many other people present, it’s easy to forget you are still responsible for driving yourself home. Depending on how much you’ve had to drink, you may not even have the wherewithal to acknowledge you are unable to safely transport yourself when it’s time to go home. Even for drivers with long-standing clean driving records, one poor decision can result in a suspended license, thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, a criminal record, and even loss of employment (not to mention loss of your own life and serious harm to other drivers).
In order to prevent getting a DUI during the holiday season, your best bet is to go into every holiday event, party, or other gathering with a plan. You need to know exactly how much you can drink and still remain under the legal limit, so you can drive yourself home at the end of the night. However, it is in your best interest to not push yourself to the legal maximum, you’ll want to ensure you can drive a car without being (or appearing) impaired.
It is also wise to assign a designated driver and make an agreement with a friend or group of friends that one of you will avoid or limit their alcohol consumption for the duration of the event. This ensures no one who has had too much to drink is forced to get behind the wheel of a car.
If you are being charged with driving over the legal limit, our DUI defense lawyers at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC are experienced in the art of mitigating DUI-related penalties and helping you achieve the best outcome possible in your traffic court case.
Call us at (937) 685-7006 or tell us about your caseto get a free evaluation from one of our Dayton DUI defense attorneys today.