From Thanksgiving to New Years, there is usually a large spike in DUI arrests. In fact, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is now commonly known as “Blackout Wednesday,” because of an increase in holiday drinking across the country. Because of holiday travel, there are also more people on the roads. And more traffic incidents. Police Departments in Georgia are aware of this and are definitely on the lookout for intoxicated drivers.
5 Recommendations to Avoid DUIs and Holiday Drinking
Even though the number of DUIs is down this year because of the shutdowns due to COVID-19, they have begun to increase again. So, if you plan to drink alcohol this holiday season, here are five recommendations for avoiding a DUI:
- Plan before you party – If you know you will be going to an establishment or home that is serving alcohol, make your plan of action ahead of time. Find out what your options are for a safe ride home before you go.
- Research ride-share and cab services in the area
- Find a responsible designated driver
- Reserve a hotel room within walking distance of your planned social engagements.
- Drink responsibly – Eat, drink water, and take breaks to avoid extreme intoxication.
- Discuss your plans with a friend – Find a go-to person to discuss your end of the night plan. Choose a person that will take your keys, find you a sober ride, or call an Uber.
- Stay home – This year, because of COVID, the best course of action might be enjoying your holiday celebrations in smaller groups or in your own home.
- Do not sleep it off – If you realize you are too impaired to drive home, do not nap in the car. You can still be arrested for a DUI if police determine you are in physical control of the vehicle.
Don’t Take Chances
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. But aDUI can change your life forever. We always recommend you take the safe ride home. If you are arrested for a DUI in the state of Georgia, Schiavone Law can help.
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If you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Ashley Schiavone can take a look at your case and see if there are ways your charges can be reduced or if it is a case that can be tried in court.