Not only is Memorial Day weekend spent honoring the sacrifices our military men and women have made for our privileges and freedoms, but also enjoying three days of fun and relaxation. However, whether you plan on going on a road trip or spending the night out on the town, there is a risk of being arrested for a DUI.
When it comes to holidays, drunk driving rates are at their highest. So you can expect law enforcement to be in full force throughout the weekend, patrolling the streets and even setting up sobriety checkpoints to crack down on drunk driving.
The following are several tips to help you avoid a DUI arrest this Memorial Day weekend:
- Get a ride – Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have now become a popular way people get from one place to another, especially as an alternative to drunk driving. You can also rely on public transportation or a designated driver to get you home safely.
- Spend the night – If you’re celebrating at a friend’s place and don’t want to leave your car unattended if you went home, ask if you can sleepover. If you cannot spend the night, then stay in a hotel or motel room nearby for the night.
- Host the party at your place – By limiting yourself to a house party or small family gathering at your residence, you can avoid the risks that come with drunk driving.
- Monitor your consumption – Since alcohol affects everybody in different ways, even one or two drinks can put you over the legal limit. If you insist on driving after drinking, ensure you limit the amount of alcohol you consume and drink water in between alcoholic beverages. Ensure nobody drinks and drives after your party and offer places to sleep if necessary.
- Be aware of checkpoints – During holiday weekends, police set up DUI checkpoints to make roads safer. However, law enforcement typically announces checkpoints on their website, in the newspaper, or somewhere online.