The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is a fun time for family and friends to celebrate and attend holiday parties and events. The U.S. sees a rise in the number of fatalities involving intoxicated drivers between Christmas and New Year’s. Also, each year, the number of drivers traveling for winter celebrations increases, as well as the number of drunk drivers. If you are planning to drink during this holiday period, follow these tips to prevent a DWI.
How Can I Avoid a Holiday DWI in New Jersey?
- Just don’t do it. The easiest way to avoid a holiday DWI is to not drink and drive, plain and simple. Know that the legal limit to get arrested for a DWI in New Jersey is .08 percent or higher (if you are a minor it is 0.1 percent or higher), and a police officer has the right to pull you over if you’re visibly intoxicated or driving erratically.
- Use other ride options. Instead of getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking at your holiday party, call a ridesharing service to pick you up instead, such as Uber or Lyft. You can even schedule a time for a driver to come pick you up, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to call.
- Pick a designated driver. If you’re going to an event, bar or party with a group, you should all agree on one designated driver who will stay sober throughout the night. This person should understand the responsibilities of this task before everyone leaves.
- Stay with a friend or find a hotel. Coordinating with a large and alcohol-impaired group to call an Uber or Lyft can be frustrating, so consider booking a hotel or staying at a friend’s house just to be safe.
- Drink smart. Drinking tips such as “one cup of water for every drink” or “one drink an hour” don’t always work on everyone and shouldn’t be entirely relied on. Instead, drink smart and know your own limits for you own weight, height and age. However, you should still avoid getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
If you have been charged with a DWI during your holiday celebrations, you shouldn’t panic. Call a DWI attorney at Gelman Law LLC instead so you can know your next legal steps and more information on New Jersey criminal laws.