For many, the holiday season is a time of family gatherings, feasts, and festive cheer. Unfortunately, an untimely arrest for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can make this time a nightmare. As the eggnog and champagne flow, a greater density of impaired drivers are likely to be on the roads. Consequently, the number of DWI arrests typically skyrockets during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. There are several things you can do to stay safe this holiday season and save yourself the trouble of a DWI arrest.
Get a Ride
The only 100% way to guarantee that you are not arrested for a DWI this holiday season is to not drink and drive at all. If you do plan on drinking, however, make sure you have a way to get home.
Instead of driving yourself, employ any of the following methods:
- Designated driver
- Call a taxi
- Take a train
If for whatever reason the above methods are not possible, stay where you are until you have sobered up and are fit to drive. Do not risk driving in an intoxicated state! Not only will this keep you safe, but it will keep the roads safer for everyone this holiday.
Keep Your Blood Alcohol Concentration Low
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08% is susceptible to a DWI arrest. If you absolutely must drive after drinking, it is imperative that you make sure you are under the legal limit and sober enough to drive.
You can keep your BAC under control by:
- Eating while drinking
- Avoid “chugging” your drinks
- Pacing yourself to one drink per hour
- Drinking plenty of water
- Waiting a sufficient amount of time before driving
Commercially sold breathalyzers can be a useful tool for testing your BAC, though their results can be inaccurate and should not be your sole basis for determining your sobriety. Driving with any amount of alcohol in your system is not recommended and can still result in a DWI charge.
Everyone reacts to alcohol differently. Even if your BAC is under the legal limit, you may still be unfit to drive if you exhibit any signs of intoxication. If an officer has probable cause to pull you over and they smell alcohol on your breath, there is a possibility that you still may end up in cuffs. Keeping tabs on your BAC, however, can help you reduce your chances of this happening.
If you are under the legal limit and are fit to drive, it is important that you drive safely. Do not give an officer a reason to pull you over if you have alcohol in your system. Do not run any stop signs, make reckless maneuvers, or exceed the speed limit. These actions will make you stick out from the crowd and increase your chances of being stopped.
While these tips can help, we all know that life can throw us a curveball when we least expect it. If you should find yourself in the back of a squad car arrested for a holiday DWI, contact The Law Office of Sanuel R. Terry, P.C. as soon as possible. Backed by a Superb Avvo Rating and a Super Lawyers® recognition, their firm’s Fort Worth DWI lawyers can provide the exceptional defense you need to maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome for your situation. To get started towards retaining outstanding legal counsel, call their office today at (817) 756-1817!