Whether you are hosting or driving to visit friends or family, you want to do all you can to prevent a DUI charges against yourself or a loved one. In Alabama and throughout the southern region, friends and families will be driving both short and long-distances to meet their loved ones for the holidays. It is important to remember that law enforcement officers will be taking a more aggressive approach to pull over, arrest and prosecute drunk drivers. As we have discussed in previous posts, law enforcement officials will increase the number of checkpoints and on the lookout for drunk drivers.
While it is illegal to drive while over the speed limit, having a few drinks and getting behind the wheel is not illegal in and of itself. To be convicted of a DUI, the state must prove that your blood alcohol content was over .08 while you were in control of a vehicle. Our Birmingham DUI defense lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of individuals who have been arrested and charged with DUI. We will take a comprehensive approach to understand the facts of your case, identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and explore all opportunities to minimize your charges and penalties.
The easiest way to prevent a DUI is to not get pulled over to start with. Here are some tips to help prevent DUI over Thanksgiving weekend:
Plan ahead and designate a driver. Before taking off for a short day trip or a weekend trip, decide who will be driving home. If you are traveling with your spouse, relatives or friends, you should know who will be the designated driver so that everyone knows how they will be getting home.
Stay the night or get a hotel. If after drinking, dinner and a long-night, consider staying the night instead of getting back on the road. Getting time to rest will ensure that you have time to sleep off the alcohol. Even if you are not drunk, just tired after drinking, a good night’s rest can prevent drowsy driving and potential accidents.
Don’t forget Thanksgiving dinner. During festive holidays with family and friends, it can be easy to forget the most important part of the day. If you have been drinking earlier in the day, don’t forget to eat a meal and keep yourself hydrated. Without food, your blood alcohol could be higher than you anticipate.
Feed your guests well and provide non-alcoholic beverages. Of course, if you are hosting Thanksgiving, you want to make sure that your guests don’t drive after having too much to drink. It can be difficult to tell if someone is over the limit. Do what you can to prevent DUI by providing enough food and non-alcoholic beverages to your guest. Never push someone to have more alcohol and don’t be afraid to take away the keys if one of your guests seems too intoxicated to drive.
Thanksgiving is a fun holiday that should be celebrated with friends, family, and your closest loved ones. Remember that law enforcement officers will be on the look-out for drunk drivers so do what you can to prevent DUI and keep your loved ones safe. In the event of an arrest, an experienced advocate can review the facts of your case and protect your rights.
More Blog Entries:
Factors Affecting Birmingham DUI Field Sobriety Tests, October 4, 2010, Birmingham DUI Defense Lawyer Blog
Pennies Under the Tongue, and other DUI Myths, Sept. 21, 2013, Birmingham DUI Defense Lawyer Blog