Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are known for being two of the most dangerous days on the road. There are usually extra police patrols out on those weekends to catch drunk drivers in the hopes of preventing accidents. Holidays are an exciting time, and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. You may think you are capable of driving, but don’t take that risk.
We have compiled some tips for how you can stay safe and avoid DUI arrest on the upcoming holiday weekends.
Establish A Designated Driver
Among your friends or family, designate one person to stay sober for the night. Make sure they will keep their word and not decide to start drinking during the festivities. To be safe, make sure the driver has everyone’s address and contact information to stay as organized as possible.
Rideshare apps, like Uber and Lyft, are an excellent option for when you’ve been drinking. Before going out for the day or night, download the apps on your phone and save your address and payment information. This pre-saved information will make it easier to call for a ride later on.
Oh, and make sure your phone has a fully charged battery!
Plan To Sleep At The Party
Check with the hosts beforehand to see if they have somewhere available that you can spend the night, like a couch or air mattress. This removes all anxiety about needing to get home because you already planned to stay.
Be The Host
If you are able to, host the gathering at your place! You won’t have to worry about driving anywhere at the end of the night. Just be sure that your guests make safe travel arrangements, or offer your couch for overnight guests!
Give Someone Your Keys
If you know yourself and know that after a few drinks you feel invincible, then remove the temptation of driving altogether. Give someone else your keys and ask them not to give them back to you until you are sober, or the next morning.
Have a plan in place to avoid driving under the influence. Not only is it not worth the potential legal consequences, but it’s not worth risking your life.
If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being charged with a DUI in Mt. Pleasant or Charleston, Joe Good, Attorney at Law can help. Joe has 13 years of experience handling DUI cases and will fight to make sure your rights are protected. No case is too challenging.