The unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day weekend is usually full of cookouts, pool parties, and lake activities. These celebrations are also often filled with alcohol. If you plan on consuming alcohol during any of these gatherings, you need to plan ahead to avoid a DUI arrest. Police officers are also out in full force Memorial Day weekend and there will be an influx of DUI checkpoints. Don’t wait to make your transportation plans after your celebration ends. If you know you will be drinking alcohol this weekend (or any time), do yourself a favor and plan ahead.
Here are a few suggestion for how to avoid a DUI arrest over Memorial Day weekend (or anytime):
- Eat Some Food: Eat something while you are drinking to slow down the intake of alcohol into your system. There is likely food at your event, so take advantage not only for yummy treats but to control your blood alcohol content (BAC.) Alcohol is absorbed more quickly and your (BAC) rises at a faster rate on an empty stomach than if you are eating.
- Monitor Your Consumption: Having a few alcoholic drinks at the beginning of the night thinking your BAC will decrease before it’s time to drive home is risky. Even when your “buzz” has worn off, your BAC is still increasing (or slowly decreasing) even though you feel fine.
- Party at Your Place: Host a party for your friends at your place. When the party’s over, you won’t have to wonder how you’ll get home. Be sure to offer accommodations to any of your guest who need a place to stay overnight.
- Sleep Over: If you go to a celebration at a friend’s home, ask if you can stay over. One uncomfortable night on a couch beats the alternatives.
- Designate a Sober Driver: Ask a friend or family member who will be attending the same party and not drinking alcohol to give you a ride.
- Pick Alternate Transportation: Public transportation, cabs, and multiple ride sharing services can transport you to and from your event for a small cost. An especially small cost in consideration of a $10,000 first-time DUI conviction).
We hope you have a fun and safe during Memorial Day weekend, but we are here if you need us. If you find yourself in need of bail, call us as soon as possible.