The holidays are supposed to be happy times that are spent celebrating with family and friends. While drinking is often a part of many holiday celebrations, it can also lead to tragic drunk driving accidents and DUI arrests. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving under the influence during the 2013 holiday season caused many fatalities. The following are a few statistics from the report:
- 1,180 people were killed in vehicle accidents.
- Almost 30 percent of the fatalities involved drunk drivers.
Six Tips to Help Avoid a DUI During This Holiday Season
Law enforcement officials will be out looking for drunk drivers—especially during the holidays. You don’t want to ruin your celebration by being arrested for DUI or causing a drunk driving accident. Ways to help prevent this from happening include:
- Do not drive if you have consumed any alcohol. Remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving.
- If you plan to drink, designate a driver who agrees not to consume any alcohol and actually refrains from drinking.
- If you do not have a designated driver, call a taxi, use public transportation, or ask a family member or friend to come get you.
- If someone you know has been drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel.
- You should not be a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.
- If you see someone driving who appears intoxicated, contact the police.
- Remember that walking home alone while intoxicated could also put you in danger. Have a sober friend or family member walk with you.
If you are arrested for DUI this holiday season, don’t make a bigger mistake and try to represent yourself. You need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your rights. Contact the Easley Law Firm at 888-386-3898 today to schedule your free consultation.