Enjoying While Avoiding A DUI During Holiday Season In Houston

Helpful Guide To Avoid Houston DUI During Holiday Season

Tips For Avoiding A DUI In Houston

The holiday season is a period when many people go out drinking, eating and partying. This means that there is a high chance of arrest, and a high chance of a DUI compared to at other times of the year. Troublesome drinking and driving is something that is all too common in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and there are many fatalities during that time of year; a time that should really be full of joy.

You can avoid becoming a DUI statistic if you take measures to ensure that you drive safely, at any time of the year.

1. Avoid Driving While Drunk

As obvious as it sounds, the most basic precaution that you can take is to avoid drinking and driving. Have a designated driver, and use them for each trip. Rotate that responsibility so everyone gets some fun. This will keep the roads safe for everyone at this time of year.

2. Learn & Follow The Legal Limit

Each state has different limits for acceptable blood alcohol content. In some states, it is possible to be arrested for DUI even if you are below the BAC limit, especially if there has been an accident. If this happens, the prosecution is required to show that your driving ability was impaired by the alcohol in your bloodstream.

Ideally, you would have no alcohol in your blood. If you are going to drink, try to eat at the same time so that the food helps to moderate the alcohol entering your bloodstream. Limit the number of drinks that you have per hour and try to keep a mental track of how much you have had and over what period of time. Stop drinking an hour or so before you drive so that you have the chance to process the alcohol and will be under the legal limit when you get behind the wheel of the car.

3. Drive Carefully

Whether you have been drinking or not, drive safely. Don’t try to roll through a stop sign or beat a changing light. Put your phone away and don’t fiddle with the radio or allow any other distractions. Focus on the roads so that you are fully aware of your surroundings and are not putting people at risk.

4. Learn The Law In Your State

The laws vary from state to state. You should know the legal limit, and make sure that you don’t fall foul of the law. One thing that a lot of people realize is that it is possible to get arrested for a DUI while “sleeping it off”. If you get behind the wheel of your car, even to rest for a while, and you have the keys to the vehicle on hand that is enough to cause trouble with the law. So tread carefully. If you are intoxicated and your state counts “sitting in the driving seat” as being in control of the vehicle, don’t go near the car unless you are under the limit.

5. Be Polite

If the police do pull you over, be polite and work to comply with all of the requests made by the police. Give them your documents and comply with the tests they want to take. Failure to comply with the tests can, in some states, lead to more significant penalties if convicted. So, unless you know you have been driving drunk (in which case you need to call a lawyer immediately for advice), do everything you can to clear your name.

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