With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, local bars and restaurants will be busier than ever with customers dressed in green and ready to celebrate. In the excitement of it all, it’s no surprise that these types of holidays see a spike in DUI arrests. This St. Patrick’s Day, don’t push your luck and avoid getting pinched with a DUI by following these holiday-themed tips.
Don’t Count on The Luck of The Irish: Get a DD
When planning your night out, invite a friend to be your designated driver. Most friends would rather skip out on a night of drinking than see you arrested and charged for a DUI. The stress and worry of wondering if you’re sober enough to get behind the wheel after a night of drinking is eliminated when you’re with someone who has stayed sober the whole time.
Driving Apps Are Your Four-Leaf Clover
Ride-sharing apps are your biggest ally on holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day. Although it’s common for there to be a price surge on days when companies expect a high volume of calls, you can reduce the cost by splitting the fare with another individual who’s looking for a safe ride home. A few extra dollars added to the cost of ride-sharing is a small price to pay for avoiding a DUI arrest.
Your Pot of Gold Has Its Limits
It’s important to know how much is too much when it comes to drinking. In the spirit and energy of the holiday, it’s easy to forget how much alcohol you’ve consumed throughout the night. If you’ve reached your limit, the last thing you should be doing is getting behind the wheel. Keep in mind that your BAC can increase as time passes, even after you’ve stopped drinking. A good rule of thumb is to wait 45 minutes for each drink you have before driving. If you’re still questioning your ability to drive, leave your car and call a taxi.
If you’re facing DUI charges, call our knowledgeable Idaho Falls DUI defense attorney at the Cutler Law Office, P.A. at (208) 525-4858 for a case evaluation.