The unfortunate reality is that a person is injured every two minutes as a result of a drunk driving crash. On holidays like New Year's Eve, the likelihood of encountering a drunk driver -- or needing a DUI lawyer -- is even higher than usual. In fact, one study found that around 71% of crashes during the time period between New Year's Eve night and New Year's morning involve drugs or alcohol. If you plan to ring in the new year with a toast (or several), it's important to have a plan for when your celebrations end. To avoid harsh DUI penalties, injuries, or even fatalities, here are three tips for planning ahead for New Year's Eve:
- Designate a driver -- and have a back-up plan
If you're going out this New Year's Eve and your plans require someone to drive, make sure that you've agreed on who will be the designated driver for the evening. This sober driver will ensure everyone gets home safe at the end of the night. And since plans can go awry, make sure you have a back-up plan like a sober family member or a taxi service. Never get behind the wheel if you've been drinking or get in the car with someone who has.
- Prepare for a party at home
Staying in for New Year's Eve can be even more fun, and many times, you might have more control over the situation. Be sure to serve plenty of food to discourage your guests from drinking on an empty stomach. You can even mix some fun mocktails for designated drivers, which can make their evening much more enjoyable. Keep the number of a car service on-hand and have a sleeping option ready for any guests who shouldn't get behind the wheel..
- Hire a DUI attorney
You should do everything in your power to make sure that no one drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But if you or someone you know gets behind the wheel while impaired, you may be wondering what to do when you are charged with DUIs or if you are pulled over. If you are indeed arrested and charged with a DUI, you should hire an experienced DUI attorney to help you. With the assistance of a qualified attorney, you have the best chance of a good outcome in court..
We wish all of our clients a very happy and healthy 2017! If you need legal assistance this holiday, contact our law team right away.