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How to Avoid a DUI During the Holidays

Over the holiday season, more people will be out eating, drinking, and being joyous, which means the odds of getting arrested for a DUI are also higher. In fact, one of the most troublesome drinking and driving facts is that alcohol-related driving fatalities are all too common from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, a time that should be cheerful and merry.

How can you avoid becoming one of those DUI statistics and/or causing injury or even death? Here are some tips on how to avoid a DUI and other drunk driving consequences over the holidays.

  • Don’t Drink and Drive

The best way to avoid a DUI during the holidays is to either not drink if you are going to be driving or to have a designated driver if you plan to drinking. This is also the best way to keep the roads safer for everyone. Remember that drunk driving doesn’t affect only the person driving, it’s also dangerous for everyone sharing the roads.

  • Make Sure You’re Under the Legal Limit

State DUI laws vary, but all have a legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit under which you are permitted to drive. That said, in some states you can be arrested for a DUI even with a BAC under the limit, particularly if you have caused an accident. In such jurisdictions, the prosecution would have to show that your driving was impaired by alcohol.

One way to help keep your BAC down is to make sure you eat while drinking; food will help your body digest the alcohol. You can also be careful of how many drinks you’re having per hour and calculate your BAC based on your weight. Stopping alcohol for a period of time before you will be driving may also help keep your BAC under the legal limit.

  • Drive Safely

You should always drive safely, of course, but if you find yourself driving after drinking, pay extra attention to all traffic laws—now is not the time to try to beat the yellow light or roll through that stop sign. All of your attention should be on the road, so no texting, chatting on your phone or fiddling with the radio either.

  • Know Your State’s Laws

As noted above, state DUI laws vary, so if you know you will be around alcohol and may possibly be driving as well, you should brush up on California DUI Laws ahead of time to make sure you’re operating within them and understand the penalties involved.

  • Behave Yourself

If you do get pulled over by law enforcement, be polite and cooperative as you comply with requests such as retrieving your driver’s license and registration and performing sobriety tests.

  • There’s an App for That

There are several DUI apps that can help you understand just how impaired you are. Some of these include the following:

DrinkTracker This app keeps track of the user’s blood alcohol content based on the number of drinks consumed and a personal Breathalyzer simulator.
Intoxicheck Through the use of six challenges, this app measures an individual’s reaction times, memory, judgment and dexterity. The user first performs the tests while sober and then after having consumed alcohol to see the differences in results.
BreathalEyes The eye’s involuntary movement is tracked by this app, mimicking the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test that police officers perform in the field.

Another option is the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer, which comes in portable versions including a keychain and a small device that attaches to a smartphone. BACtrack measures blood alcohol content through a breathalyzer test, and there is also an app associated with the device through which you can keep track of what you drank and where.

There are several apps that can help you avoid police checkpoints. Some of these include the following:

Mr. Checkpoint This free app has the highest rating of all DUI checkpoint apps available in the Google Play store.
DUI Savior As an added bonus, this informative app contains everything that you need to know to help you properly deal with the situation if you do end up being stuck at a checkpoint.
Checkpoint Wingman This highly rated app provides drivers with the option to receive a noise alert from their phone when a new DUI checkpoint is reported within a specific radius.

While the above information is intended to help you avoid a DUI arrest, please take strong consideration of the first tip to simply not drink and drive—it is the best way to enjoy this holiday season free of any DUI consequences for you or anyone else.

Happy holidays!

If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you may want to talk to a defense attorney about your options. Call today to receive your free, no obligation, DUI consultation.