Champagne toasts, fireworks, and midnight cheers are all signs of a New Year's Eve well spent, but what happens when it's all wrapped up and you're heading home? Chances are, there will be no shortage of alcohol at the upcoming parties and in the moment, it's easy to forget all about having to drive home.
Cops are on high alert this time of the year and statistically, New Year's Eve is one of the most common times to be charged with a DUI. Fortunately, preparing before you show up to the party can help you avoid a DUI and kick the New Year off to a good start.
1. Volunteer as host.
Having the party at your place is one of the best ways to simply stay off the roads altogether. You can also limit the amount of alcohol you'll be serving and encourage friends to carpool with a designated driver. If you have the space, turn the party into a sleepover. The less people driving home after such an event, the better.
2. One and done.
While it might be impossible to say no to alcohol entirely, limit yourself to just one drink. Commit yourself to this rule before arriving at the party, so you're not tempted when a well-meaning friend passes a glass your way. No one can say for sure how much alcohol it takes to get over the legal limit and it's always better to err on the side of caution.
3. Call a cab.
With the influx of Uber and Lyft drivers, it's never been easier to let someone else drive you home. Ask your friend if you can leave your car at their place overnight and pick it up the next morning, when the alcohol is wiped out of your system. Get a group in on the cab and split the bill. Your friends will thank you later.
4. Wrap it up early.
Police officers typically start watching for drunk drivers around midnight, when everyone begins heading home. Don't be afraid to call it a night earlier than you might normally be inclined to. Staying off the road when other impaired drivers are prevalent keeps you safe and under the radar of an officer.
5. Choose a designated driver.
If you're heading out with a group of friends, ensure that one person volunteers as a designated driver – and hold them to it. Non-alcoholic beverages are an easy way to participate without impairing your judgment. If no one is willing to give up alcohol for the night, consider hiring a party bus or a limo to get you to your destinations safely.
If you do find yourself charged with a DUI this New Year, we can help. Our Riverside County DUI lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience and possess skilled criminal defense tactics. Contact us today to learn more!