According to statistics, incidents of drunk driving increase exponentially during the holidays. The average number of fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers rises by almost 40% between Christmas and New Year in the United States. The number of drivers, commuters and pedestrians flooding the roads for winter celebrations increases significantly and is accompanied by a high number of alcohol-impaired drivers. Over 40% of fatalities during the winter holiday season can be attributed to incidents of drunk driving according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we be cautious of drinking and driving, plan ahead and use the following tips to avoid driving drunk:
Maintain Your Sobriety When You Are Out And About
Sometimes when people have been drinking during the day, they may suddenly remember an important errand to run or to buy something for themselves such as food or even more alcohol! In such a situation, they may feel tempted to get in their car and drive to their desired destination. Do Not Do It. Try to avoid drinking during daytime or if you have any errands to run, try to complete your daily activities during the day completely sober and avoid having to drive even when you have consumed a minimal amount of alcohol.
Use A Cab To Get Around When You Have Been Drinking
DUI convictions often include drivers that were less than a mile from their destination so being close to your destination does not increase your chances of making it without an arrest. If you have been drinking it is advisable to stay with a sober friend or call a cab. A small cab fare is much cheaper than the cumulative cost of a DUI.
Assign A Designated Driver When Drinking With Friends
When you are out partying or drinking with friends it is advisable to assign a trustworthy and responsible person in your group of friends to be the designated driver. Have someone volunteer for this position or you can draw straws. If no one is willing to perform this task then you should be the responsible one and do it yourself. It is better to miss out on a night of drinking than seeing one of your friends get a DUI or worse get seriously injured or die. It is also important to make sure that the designated driver does not drink. However, if that avenue doesn’t pan out then use a cab or public transportation to get home.
Be Smart In Your Drinking Habits
Drinking smart can make the difference in whether you get charged with a DUI or not regardless of whether you plan to drive or not. Eat plenty of food while drinking because the consumption of food delays the absorption of alcohol, preventing a spike in intoxication. Everybody has a different reaction to alcohol and drinking one drink per hour does not work for everyone. However for some people, one alcoholic drink is absorbed and eliminated from the human body in one hour. The metabolism of alcohol is a very complex process and varies significantly based on a driver’s gender, weight, and the amount of water and food in their system.
If You Feel Intoxicated, Stay Where You Are
When you are out partying with friends, booking a room at a nearby hotel or staying at a friend’s place is one of the best ways to avoid DUI charges. Often when alcohol is consumed, common sense goes out the window. Driving drunk is not only dangerous to yourself but to others as well and can result in jail time and loss of a job. Moreover it is extremely expensive to resolve. Therefore, stay the night where you are to avoid drunk driving.
So it is important to be careful and make advance plans for a designated driver or a place to stay in order to avoid driving drunk. If you are unfortunately arrested for a DUI nonetheless, it is critical to retain a competent and experienced DUI defense attorney to help protect your rights and freedom.