Don’t Let a Kansas DUI Ruin Your Holidays

The holiday season is here, and your schedule is probably already filling up with plans for gatherings with family and friends, community events, and, of course, the ubiquitous office party. At just about every celebration, there will be many delicious seasonal foods to enjoy, along with plenty of festive beverages. Whether you plan to go to just one affair or several different events over the next few weeks, it is important that you plan ahead to make sure that each one of your outings begins and ends on a joyful note.

Kansas law enforcement officers know that this is a popular time of the year for people to eat, drink, and be merry. The December holiday season is prime time for DUI checkpoints, and for increased numbers of officers patrolling heavily traveled areas during the evening hours. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to avoid getting a DUI this holiday season. If you follow these holiday party safety tips you can have your fruitcake, and drink some eggnog, too.

The best way to avoid getting a DUI this holiday season is to avoid driving if you plan on drinking. Talk to other people who will be attending the same festivities that you plan to go to. There may be one or more guests who plan to be designated drivers, and you might be able to ride with one of them. Alternatively, conduct some research ahead of time to determine what public transportation options exist in your area, and plan to use one of them to get to and from the event.

If your party plans include traveling to a location that is a few hours away, you may want to plan in advance to spend the night at a place within walking distance from the event.  Some companies negotiate special room rates for their employees if they book their holiday parties at a hotel’s banquet facilities. Friends and family may also have a spare bed or couch available, so be sure to ask around.

There may still be situations in which you end up driving home from a party late at night. Perhaps you had arranged for a ride home, but it fell through. Maybe you thought that you would only stop in for an hour, but you ended up staying much later. Whatever the situation is, do your best to enjoy yourself responsibly so that your drive home is both safe and legal.

When you drive home, you may feel like you are sober enough to drive, and that may well be the case. It is still important to avoid attracting any attention from law enforcement officers, so that you will arrive at home without any sort of traffic ticket. Obeying the rules of the road is just one way to keep the police at bay. Checking your vehicle over thoroughly on a regular basis is another way to ensure that you are not selected for a late night traffic stop because of something that could easily have been fixed in advance, like a burnt out turn signal lamp, headlight, or license plate light.

If you do get pulled over, try to remain calm and pleasant. Remember that you have rights, and do not be afraid to provide very little information about where you have been and what you have been doing. You are under no obligation to provide information that could incriminate you.  If, despite your best efforts, you do end up being charged

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