The holidays are here, making it that time of year where celebrations, parties, and events are happening regularly. This means more drinking and unfortunately with that comes a higher rate of DUIs. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 300 Americans die each year in the handful of days surrounding the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Thankfully ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have easier to avoid drunk driving and DUIs, helping to lessen that statistics around holiday drunk driving.
Here are four tips to avoiding a holiday DUI:
Use Ride-sharing apps – Apps like Lyft and Uber make it incredibly easy to avoid driving under the influence. While these fees can surge and might seem expense during the holidays, it’s a much better investment than having to pay the fines and fees involved with the DUI.
Select a responsible designated driver – Do you have a friend who happens to be pregnant or maybe someone that’s got an early wake up call and won’t be drinking for the evening? Plan to carpool with them to ensure yourself a safe and alert drive home.
Enjoy an evening of mocktails – Who says you need to get drunk to have fun? Skip the booze (and the extra calories) by sticking to non-alcohol drinks like sparkling water or challenge the party’s bartender to make you their best mocktail recipe.
Secure a place to stay – Is the office holiday party taking place at a fancy hotel? Consider renting a room for the night. Think of it as a staycation, but also a way to stay safe after a night of partying.
How To Get Help If You Get a DUI
Drunk driving is a dangerous crime that can be avoided completely, but it still happens fairly often. A buzz of any kind can lead to a driver not being as alert as usual and can cause distractions on the road. Getting a DUI can be a life-altering and expensive situation. If you or a loved one has an evening that results in a DUI, you’ll need an experienced DUI defense attorney to help you sort things out and get your affairs in order. Give Russell Spatz a call today at (305) 442-0200 to see if he can help your case.
The Sober Facts Of Holiday Drinking And Driving. (2014, November 3). Retrieved from https://drivingschool.net/sober-facts-of-holiday-drinking-and-driving/.