How to Enjoy a Safe and Incident Free Holiday Season

Between the holiday get-togethers and the big New Year’s Eve celebrations, December can seem like one big party. However, as you dash from one gala to the next, keep in mind that the police are also aware of this busy time of year and are keeping a watchful eye out for those individuals who are drinking and driving. This holiday season, avoid becoming another statistic. Follow these tips to keep this season’s festivities safe and incident free:

  • Don’t drink & drive: Of course it goes without saying that the single best way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and drive. A DUI can cost thousands of dollars in fines, attorney’s fees and court costs. Not to mention time lost spent in court and in jail. There are also the long-term repercussions of a DUI, including having a criminal record and having to disclose your criminal history on a job or credit application.
  • Plan ahead: If you make plans to attend a party and wish to drink, then take the time to arrange for a safe way to get home. You could ask a friend or family member to be your designated driver. If no one is willing to volunteer for the job, hire someone. A limo could be a fun way to travel to a party in style. Of course, you can also call a cab or take public transportation.
  • Watch your alcohol intake: At a party it can be difficult to know exactly how much alcohol is in the host’s candy cane punch. Be smart and stick to bottled beverages like wine or beer, so you know exactly how much alcohol is in each drink.
  • Remember it is okay to change your mind: If you choose to drive home, only to discover that maybe you are not in the best of shape to drive, stop the car. It is best to pull over and park your car in a legal parking space. However, do not remain in the car. Call a friend or a cab to pick you up. An officer can arrest you for DUI even if you are sitting in the driver’s seat with the car not running.
  • Be prepared: In the event you are pulled over, make sure that you are prepared. Have your license, registration and proof of insurance easily accessible in your car’s glove compartment. You do not want the officer to see you fumbling for these documents. Once you see the officer approaching your vehicle roll down your window and keep your hands on the steering wheel.
  • Mum is the word: If are pulled over by a police officer remember to stay quiet. At a party, you can chat all you want, but during an encounter with a police officer, after you have been drinking, is not the time to become a social butterfly. Remember the officer is trying to build a DUI case against you. So when the officers asks you questions such as “Do you know why I pulled you over?” or “Have you been drinking tonight?” be polite but do not answer the questions.
  • Do not walk the line: If an officer asks you to submit to a field sobriety test, it is probably a good idea to politely refuse. Sobriety tests are not only designed to test your balance and coordination but also a person’s ability to follow directions. These tests are far from simple and people who are completely sober have failed these tests.

If you have been charged with DUI you need an experienced and knowledgeable DUI defense attorney. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, call us today at (785) 843-9460 or visit us online. We can also make arrangements to visit you in jail. With over 35 years of experience, attorney Charles E. Whitman of the Whitman Law Offices, will thoroughly review your case with you to make sure that you understand of all of your legal options.

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