It is important to be cautious of drinking alcohol and driving every day of the year, but with the holidays quickly approaching, planning ahead to avoid a DUI is especially important.
According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40% of traffic-related deaths during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays involve drunk driving. Between Christmas and New Years Day, the average number of fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers rise 34% in the United States. With an increased number of drivers on the roads for the holidays, there is also a significantly higher number of alcohol-impaired drivers.
Use these following tips to avoid a DUI and driving drunk this holiday season:
Tip 1: Don’t Drink and Drive
Just don’t do it. Don’t have “just one.” Don’t rely on portable breathalyzers. Just so not drink and drive.
Tip 2: Be Smart About Drinking
If you plan on driving or not, be smart about your drinking. Make sure to eat plenty of food to avoid a spike in intoxication.
Tip 3: Call a Cab Even if You Live Close
Being close to home does not decrease your chance of a DUI or of even getting home safely. Get a ride from a designated driver, call a cab or a ride service.
Tip 4: Don’t Rely on the “One Drink an Hour” Motto
Everyone reacts to alcohol differently. Do not rely on the one-hour, one-drink rule. It doesn’t work.
Tip 5: Choose a Reliable Designated Driver
Make sure your designated driver knows his or her responsibility and does not have one sip of alcohol.
Tip 6: Book a Hotel or Stay with a Friend
If you are going out for a holiday party, plan to stay with a friend or book a room in advance. It’s a lot cheaper than a DUI!
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If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being arrested for DUI this holiday season, call The Law Office of Sharif N. Abaza at 215-525-4287 for your best defense!