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Avoiding Holiday DUIs

The holidays are a time when people are traveling more often to parties, family gatherings and other events. In many cases, alcohol is served and people may drink before driving back home. This can lead to tragedy, as a quick look at the statistics regarding DUI reveal. It can also lead to hefty fines, jail time, license suspension and other penalties. The attorneys at the Oswalt Law Group in Phoenix want you to be aware that there are ways to prevent DUI arrest and conviction. With just a little planning, you can make this holiday season safe, healthy and happy for you and your loved ones.

  • First, have a plan. Any time you are going to be going to an event where alcohol is served, you have an important decision to make: will you drink or abstain? If you are driving, the best option is to drink nothing at all. Many people do not realize how little alcohol it takes to result in a BAC of .08 percent or higher. If you misjudge, you could easily end up arrested for DUI.
  • Next, get a designated driver. If you are going to a series of parties or events with the same group, take turns being the designated driver. However, be sure that whoever is designated to drive the group drinks no alcohol whatsoever to avoid an unexpected stop and arrest.
  • Be a good host. If you host parties during the holidays, offer non-alcoholic alternative and monitor your guests to prevent overindulgence. Take responsibility for getting everyone home safely to prevent tragic accidents, and intercede if you feel a friend should not be driving.
  • Finally, choose an alternative. If you do find yourself stranded without a ride and you have been drinking, call a cab. Most bars and restaurants are happy to call a taxi cab for you if you let them know you need one. Do not accept a ride from anyone who has been drinking.

If you are pulled over or encounter a roadblock, be aware that you should be cooperative with police officers without volunteering information. You do not have to answer questions; instead, simply ask if the officer is placing you under arrest. If not, then assert that you want to leave. If an officer wants you to take a field sobriety test, you should refuse. Field tests are notoriously inaccurate and will not help your case if you pass them. Contact the attorneys at the Oswalt Law Group in Phoenix if you are stopped or arrested for DUI.  

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