The holidays are here! This is the time of year when people gather to celebrate with friends, family and coworkers while enjoying festive foods and alcoholic beverages. Between all of the parties and celebrations, it’s easy to overindulge.
While you plan to simply have fun, this is a time to exercise caution. Think about giving someone else the keys before you go. Otherwise, you may be charged with a DUI if you consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Ensure that you arrive home safely
It’s important to plan ahead and make arrangements for safe transportation if you plan on drinking at a party. Choosing a designated driver is a smart way to avoid driving under the influence (DUI). You can show your appreciation to the designated driver by treating them to food and non-alcoholic drinks. Some bars may also offer free sodas to the designated driver as a token of appreciation.
Consider using a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft if you don’t have a designated driver. Getting a ride to and from the party with a sober driver is a good choice.
Watch out for your friends and family, too
Intervene if a friend or family member who has consumed too much alcohol is thinking about driving. Offer to call them a taxi or provide them a place to stay overnight. Do whatever you can to prevent them from operating a motor vehicle.
Remember, the legal blood alcohol limit in the United States is 0.08. Tougher law enforcement and a higher drinking age have reduced motor vehicle deaths in the US by over 50%, which is a positive thing. However, mistakes happen. If you make a mistake and find yourself charged with a DUI, it may be wise to seek legal assistance.