Do you plan on drinking at holiday parties and other social gatherings this holiday season? If so, it is imperative that you do so in a responsible manner, as Michigan state police are likely to be handing out DUIs by the truckload this time of year. Nearly every year, the number of DUI arrests tends to skyrocket around the holidays, making it urgent that drivers exercise extreme caution to stay out of trouble. Our firm has come up with a short list of tips that can help you ensure that you have a safe holiday season.
DRINKING? FIND A SAFE WAY HOME
Avoiding a holiday DUI is as simple as not drinking and driving. Plan on having some drinks at a holiday party? Make sure you make arrangements to either get a ride home from someone else or plan to spend the night where you are. If you can, take turns being a designated driver with a friend on nights that you choose to go out. If there is nobody to drive you home, call a cab, take a train, or walk home if you are nearby. Remember, it is always preferable to pay a small fee for a ride home than a stiff fine for a DUI arrest.
KEEP YOUR BAC UNDER CONTROL
While driving with alcohol in your system is not recommended under any circumstances, it is not illegal in small doses. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more, however, can cause you to wind up in cuffs. There are a number of things you can do while drinking to help stay under the legal limit.
The following methods can help you reduce the effects of alcohol:
- Limit yourself to one drink per hour
- Eat lots of food when drinking
- Drink one glass of water per alcoholic drink
- Do not chug your drinks
- Wait enough time to sober up before driving
Following these tips should help you stay under the legal limit, though it is imperative to remember that there is no catch-all method to guarantee your sobriety other than abstaining from drinking. A person’s weight, gender, and rate of consumption will all have an effect on how they react to alcohol. If you are getting behind the wheel after having any level of alcohol, you must only do so if you are positive that you are sober enough to get home safely. Even still, if an officer stops you and smells alcohol, you could find yourself in a world of trouble.
FACING DUI CHARGES? CALL (248) 796-0334
If you should be arrested for DUI in Royal Oak or Oakland County, Michigan this holiday season, a skilled DUI lawyer from Rasor Law Firm can defend you against your charges and provide the hard-hitting representation you need. Since 1994, our firm has defended countless clients against various charges and can use our vast legal expertise to dismantle the prosecution’s claims and maximize your chances of securing a reduction or dismissal of your charges.