During the holiday season, people are out eating, drinking, and spending time with their loved ones. Although this year might be different due to the current health crisis, it is important to know what to do to avoid drinking and driving during the holidays. Our Orange County DUI defense attorneys have put together three tips to help you avoid getting a DUI this holiday season.
#1: Plan Ahead
If you will attend a holiday gathering over the next few weeks, you should plan out how you are going to get home safely once the celebration ends. You should have a designated sober driver, plan to use public transportation or ride-sharing service. Designated drivers should commit to being 100% sober to keep friends and family safe. If you are hosting a small gathering, you should ensure that you have everything you need to prevent running errands after drinking.
#2: Track Your BAC Level
You must be under the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit to make sure that you are permitted to drive. Although you can still be arrested for DUI even if you are under the BAC limit (especially if you caused a collision), you should track your BAC level. There are BAC calculation websites that can help you estimate your BAC level so that you can determine if you are capable of driving safely, but these calculators are not 100% accurate.
#3: Avoid Drinking
The best way to keep yourself and others safe is to avoid drinking and driving. If you don’t have a designated driver and don’t want to use a rideshare app, the best option is to avoid drinking. If you are hosting a small gathering, you can come up with other non-alcoholic drinking options to replace alcohol altogether.
If you face DUI charges, you should contact our Orange County DUI defense lawyers today at (949) 537-2202 to schedule a consultation!