Now that fall is in full swing, the holiday season is right around the corner. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, most of us will dine out, attend festive events, and enjoy alcoholic drinks.

However, hundreds of people are killed due to the drunk drivers every year, starting from Thanksgiving Eve, which is commonly referred to as “Black Wednesday” because it’s the busiest night of the year for bars and clubs. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving accidents between Christmas and New Year’s over the past five years.

Due to the prevalence of drunk driving during the holiday season, law enforcement throughout the state often increase their patrols and set up sobriety checkpoints to arrest drunk drivers and keep the roads safe.

Here are several tips to avoid a DUI during the most cheerful and joyous time of year:

  • Avoid drinking when you’re out – The easiest way to avoid a DUI during the holidays is to stay sober. Additionally, you can act as a designated driver for anyone who needs a safe ride home.
  • Have a designated driver – Before you go out, make sure someone will be your designated driver, so you can enjoy drinking without worrying about having to drive when the event is over.
  • Use a rideshare service – If you can’t find a designated driver, you can always request a ride with the Uber or Lyft app. Keep in mind, surcharges may apply.
  • Book a hotel room or stay with a friend – From holiday events to New Year’s Eve parties, spending the night in a hotel room or at a friend’s place means you don’t have to drive home once the festivities are over.
  • Host the party at your place – To avoid leaving your home altogether, you can throw an event or two at your place. Make sure you have plenty of room for people to sleep or help make driving arraignments for those who can’t spend the night.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Bakersfield, contact Koenig Law Office today at (661) 793-7222 and request a free consultation today.