The holidays are a time for celebration. Celebrate too much, however, and you could land yourself a DUI. In fact, police are on heightened alert during the holidays and may even set up DUI checkpoints to catch drunk drivers. To avoid getting a Labor Day, Memorial Day, New Years Eve and/or July 4 DUI in Fairfax, follow these tips:
- Know your limits — It’s fun to have some drinks during the holidays. What is not fun is being sloppy drunk and belligerent.
- Choose a designated driver — The keyword here is “choose”. This means that you should only ride with someone that you trust not to drink. Having a designated driver will relieve you of stress and ensure you do not get a DUI.
- Uber everywhere — If your designated driver wants to drink, too, then get an Uber, Lyft, or other ride share service. And if you cannot find a ride share service, you could always take a taxi.
- Drive safely — Police are vigilant of reckless drivers during the holiday weekend. To avoid being pulled over at all, be sure to operate your vehicle in a safe and lawful manner at all times.
- Know state laws — Do you know what the BAC limit is in Virginia? Are you aware that you could face jail time as well as fines and a license suspension if you are convicted of drunk driving? Knowledge is power. Take a moment to understand state laws regarding alcohol consumption and driving.
The simplest way to avoid a DUI on any holiday weekend is to not drink alcohol if you have to drive. If you are arrested for a holiday DUI, contact an experienced DUI lawyer in Fairfax immediately.
Worst holidays for drunk drivers
The U.S. Department of transportation found that in the month of December alone, 781 people died in drunk driving car accidents. In 2017, 376 people died in traffic crashes over the Labor Day holiday weekend — 36% of those accidents involved a drunk driver. In response to these troubling statistics, many municipalities initiate anti-drunk driving programs during the holidays to educate and protect the public.
Contact a skilled DUI defense lawyer
At the Nova Law Firm, we work tirelessly to protect your rights, license, and freedom. If you are arrested for a DUI in Virginia, call (703) 352-9347 or contact us online to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.