Beware holiday DUIs this season. While you may not see the harm in a one or two drinks that don't seem to affect your motor skills at all, the law sees otherwise. This holiday season, many drivers are being cautious about DUI checkpoints that will have you behind bars even if you blow barely .08, Augusta's WRDW-TV reports.
There will be many an occasion to celebrate the season now that Thanksgiving is officially in the rear-view mirror. But, before you do, here are five tips for avoiding a holiday DUI:
- Watch out for DUI checkpoints. While many states don't implement DUI checkpoints, Georgia does. DUI checkpoints will especially be prevalent on bigger party nights of the year, such as the weekends during the holiday season and New Year's Eve. Be careful, be safe, and most importantly, drive sober.
- Make sure you have a designated driver. If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver picked out ahead of time. In fact, you can even work out a system for multiply holiday parties where you can switch off designated driving duties with others. Make sure, however, that he or she is someone you trust to not drink and drive you home safely at the end of the night.
- Be careful with medication. While you may be taking legal medication, remember that drugged driving is just as dangerous and costly as drunken driving. So, before you pop in that prescription, make sure that you have a backup plan for driving home.
- Use ride-sharing apps. Despite some controversy, ride-sharing apps like Lyft or Sidecar are a great alternative if you or your party don't want to designate a driver. Ride-sharing apps are often cheaper, more practical, and more readily available in your area than taxis. Make sure you look up your app of choice ahead of time for a stress-free holiday party season.
- Call a taxi. If there are no ride-sharing services available in your area and you don't have a designated driver, calling a taxi is always an option. Plan your taxi ride ahead of time so that you can eat, drink, be merry, and get home safely.
DUIs are costly and the opposite of any holiday gift you'd hope to receive. Avoid drunk driving and have safe fun this holiday season!
- Consult with an Atlanta DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- Georgia DUI Laws (FindLaw)
- How to Avoid the Drunk Tank During the Holidays (FindLaw's Atlanta DUI Law Blog)
- At Least Twelve Georgians Killed in Thanksgiving Car Crashes (FindLaw's Atlanta DUI Law Blog)