With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it is a safe bet that many of us will be attending several holiday parties and family gatherings in the upcoming weeks. As with any festive gathering, alcohol often plays an integral role in these events. Whether your holiday drink of choice is a traditional eggnog or a glass of red wine, too much holiday cheer may result in you or your guests spending a night celebrating behind bars.
Colorado law enforcement agencies understand that people drink when they attend holiday celebrations, and step up enforcement efforts as a result. Additionally, some people may reach the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at which a driver is legally presumed to be impaired in as few as two or three drinks, depending on the circumstances. The combination of these two facts results in a situation where ordinary, law-abiding people who rarely drink end up being arrested and treated like common criminals. The penalties associated with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and the lesser offense of “driving while ability impaired” (DWAI) are very serious, and a conviction has the potential to haunt a person for years. Consequently, it is important that anyone unfortunate enough to be accused of driving under the influence of drug or alcohol this holiday season retain an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.
Fortunately, there are certain steps that holiday party guests and hosts can take this season to reduce their risk getting a DUI. These include the following:
Do not drive to the party – While this may seem obvious, it is surprising how many people do not consider simply arranging alternative transportation to get to a party. By not having your vehicle with you in the first place, you reduce any risk of thinking that you “are fine” and getting behind the wheel when you should not. Additionally, by arranging transportation there, in many cases you will concurrently be arranging transportation home, further reducing any chance of a potential lapse in judgment.
Choose a designated driver – If you plan to drink and are with a group of friends, choose a designated driver who will not drink. By doing so, you will avoid any conversation as to who is “okay to drive,” making sure that no one in your group puts themselves at risk of getting a DUI.
Serve food and non-alcoholic beverages – As a host, you have a responsibility to accommodate your guests who wish to stay sober and be responsible for their own transportation. Food slows the absorption of alcohol, so it may help keep people from becoming inadvertently intoxicated. In addition, your guests are bound to get thirsty, so it is important to have nonalcoholic beverages available to people who do not want to imbibe or who would like to switch to a non-alcoholic beverage after having some drinks.
Have alternative transportation information on hand – Guests and partygoers should both access to information connecting them to alternative transportation options, such as the phone numbers for cab services or public transportation schedules.
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