Tips for Having a Safe and DUI-Free 4th of July Holiday

Fourth of July is arguably one of the best holidays of the year. What can be more exciting than a summer day spent with family and friends, enjoying a barbecue and relaxing by a pool or lake in the sunshine? Of course, no Independence Day celebration would be complete without an evening watching a fireworks display. This year, July 4th will be even more festive than usual, as the holiday falls on a Friday creating a three day weekend for many people. If you are in the process of planning your 4th of July holiday weekend, make sure your plans include arrangements to get home safely in the event you plan to drink. No one wants a DUI to be a part of his or her Independence Day festivities. To ensure that you enjoy a safe and DUI-free holiday try to follow these tips:

  • Stay hydrated. If your idea of a holiday celebration includes baking and boozing in the sunshine or opting for a liquid lunch, you may want to reconsider your plans. Alcohol and heat do not mix. Not only are you more likely to become intoxicated more quickly in the hot summer sun, you are also more susceptible to heat stroke and other heat related illnesses. This is in part because alcohol is a diuretic. If choose to drink alcohol, alternate your alcoholic beverages with plenty of water or sports drinks and make sure you have a full stomach. It is also a good idea to take frequent breaks in shade to escape the sun’s rays.
  • Be wise about sobriety checkpoints. You can pretty much count on the fact that Kansas police will set up various sobriety checkpoints around the area, to catch those folks who have chosen to drink and drive. Regardless of whether you are stone cold sober or had a couple of drinks, sobriety checkpoints tend to cause many drivers anxiety. Remember, it is not illegal to have a drink and drive. So the best way to approach a checkpoint is with a calmly and without an attitude. Be prepared to hand the officer your registration and driver’s license. However, you can politely decline to answer questions such as, where you were that evening or if you have been drinking. You are also well within your right to choose not to participate in any field sobriety tests.
  • Remember the same rules apply on both land and at sea. If your 4th of July plans include hopping on a boat—keep in mind that the laws regarding operating a boat are the same as the laws regarding operating a motor vehicle. It is illegal to operate both a car and a boat while intoxicated. If you plan to go out on a boat, make sure the driver of the boat is committed to remaining sober.
  • Do not drive while under the influence: The best advice to avoid a possible DUI is to not drink and drive. If you plan to drink over the 4th of July weekend, then plan to take a cab or arrange for alternate transportation home. The few dollars you would spend on a cab ride is far less than the thousands of dollars a DUI could cost you.

If you were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or DUI over the holiday weekend, you need to speak with an experienced Kansas DUI Defense Attorney as soon as possible. Only a skilled Kansas DUI Defense Attorney can inform you of your rights and determine what legal defenses you may have. Attorney Charles Whitman has provided clients with aggressive DUI representation for more than 35 years. To schedule your free and completely confidential consultation, contact the veteran team of Kansas DUI Defense Attorneys at the Whitman Law Offices by calling (785) 843-9460.


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