Tips for Avoiding a DUI During the Holidays

With the festive holiday season comes celebrations. Many of these involve alcohol, and it should come as no surprise that the number of DUI arrests increases at this time of year. Here are a few tips for enjoying festive, but DUI free holidays.

The only foolproof way to avoid a DUI is to refuse to drink alcohol. It’s possible to get creative about this. People who will be celebrating with the same group of friends or family can take turns being the designated driver, rotating to a different driver for each event.

Another way to rely on a sober driver is to have a friend who is a known non-drinker and can be called in a pinch. A taxi or public transit are also good options. People who program the number of a taxi company into their cell phone are probably more likely to use it, so get prepared before leaving the house.

Those people who will be drinking should do so sensibly. For instance, it may be worthwhile only to drink on a full stomach. This slows the absorption of alcohol, preventing a dangerous spike in intoxication. It’s also best not to trust the old one drink an hour rule. Plenty of people who abided by this rule were arrested for drunk driving. The reality is that everyone’s body metabolizes alcohol at different rates, and a number of other factors might affect the rate of absorption. Anyone who will be drinking would be much better served by not getting behind the wheel at all.

Some people have avoided DUI charges by having a party at their own home, thereby doing away with the need to drive anywhere after drinking. This is a wonderful solution, but it’s important to also make allowances for guests who are drinking. Have that spare bedroom ready and stick the number of a reliable taxi company on the refrigerator. Ask someone to serve as designated driver for the event. Even serving a fair amount of non-alcoholic beverages can help. Don’t forget that New Jersey has social host laws, and this can mean penalties for the homeowner who serves alcohol and then allows a guest to drive.

Being charged with a DUI is a good way to ruin the fun of the holidays. Use these tips to stay out of trouble, but if the worst happens, contact a responsive DUI attorney to mount a vigorous defense.  Contact us today for a free consultation: 732-297-8200.