Whether it’s Christmas, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or spring break, many people like to celebrate by having a few alcoholic beverages. While a beer or two isn’t likely to cause much harm, many people overdo it and end up paying the price later after they attempt to drive home and get caught by a police officer. Because of this, it’s important to know how to avoid a DUI on a holiday.
With police officers more common on the roadways during the holidays, your chances of getting arrested for a DUI increase dramatically. Learn how to keep your license and prevent charges on your criminal record by following these tips from the Columbus DUI lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates.
If you are arrested or charged with a DUI, call us right away at (614) 500-3836 to begin building a defense for your case.
DUI Prevention Tips
Follow these tips for safe and sober driving during the holidays:
- Don’t drive drunk. This is the most obvious tip, but it bears repeating because many motorists fail to follow this rule. They think they’re sober enough to drive, but they end up failing a sobriety test. When it doubt, don’t drive.
- Eat. Eating takes the edge off the buzz you may be feeling from ingesting a little too much alcohol. Once you start to feel intoxicated, stop drinking and have a bite to eat. Just avoid salty foods, which can cause you to drink more.
- Pay attention to the road. If you aren’t intoxicated and do decide to drive home, stay alert. Don’t swerve or roll through stop signs. Eliminate distractions. Instead, focus on getting home as safely as possible without drawing attention to yourself.
- Cooperate. If you do find yourself getting pulled over by a police officer, don’t act defensively. Be polite and comply with the officer’s requests. If you get angry and refuse to follow orders, you could face even worse penalties.
- Get a ride home. Have someone who is sober drive you home. If you don’t have a designated driver, call a taxi or rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. It’s better to pay for a ride home than to endanger yourself or others.
- Plan to sleep over. If you’re at a party and can’t get a ride home, plan to stay overnight to sleep off the intoxication.
Getting Legal Help for a DUI
While you don’t necessarily have to give up your partying lifestyle, you do need to be responsible with your drinking habits during the holidays. If you do choose to drink, don’t drive. With ridesharing services now available to help you get home safely, there are no more excuses.
If you do get pulled over for drunk driving, don’t attempt to fight with the police officer. This will only make matters worse. Acting in a cooperative manner goes a long way.
Your next step is to contact a Columbus DUI lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates. We have many years of experience defending those accused of drunk driving.
Our extensive knowledge of the law can help you get your penalties reduced. We may even be able to eliminate the charge altogether. To learn more, give us a call at (614) 500-3836.