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How to Protect Yourself from a DUI during the Holidays

Posted on in DUI Defense

Illinois defense attorneyIn two days, most of us will celebrate the holidays. For many families, this means that there will be several relatives coming over, with the traditional holiday tree, presents, and quality time. Other families celebrate the holidays differently. No matter how anyone celebrates the holidays, the day before often starts the deadliest season for drunk driving and related injuries. There are many facts that you need to know about DUI charges and the holidays, as well as how to protect yourself from a DUI charge.

Holiday DUI Statistics

Starting on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the holiday is considered the deadliest holiday weekend on American highways. Between the years 2012 and 2016, over 800 people died from alcohol-related accidents during this long weekend. Drunk drivers will be closely watched by the Illinois State Police, and everyone traveling during the weekend must have at least one designated driver. On average, the DUI offender is arrested between 11 pm and 4 am on a weekend after their social gatherings have come to an end.

How to Avoid a DUI during the Holiday Season

There are many ways to avoid a DUI charge during the holiday season. The best way to practice safe driving is to plan ahead and decide how to get home before drinking.

It is also a good idea to add contact information for local taxi companies or car services and keep it handy if there is no designated driver available. One benefit of using a car company to get home is that holiday discounts may be offered, so anyone needing to use a car service to get home can save money and travel safely.

Downloading information for ride-sharing apps can make it easier to request a ride after the end of the social gathering. If a person does not want to use ride-sharing services, then he or she must choose a designated driver and stick with that plan. If the designated driver decides to drink, then having a back-up, such as a ride-share, taxi, or another designated driver, is the best option.

Call an Oak Brook, IL DUI Defense Lawyer

Being charged with a DUI is very serious. No one wants to lose everything during an otherwise happy holiday weekend. The DUI conviction will always stay on the offender’s driving record, and he or she may lose driving rights, integrity and reputation, and even future employment opportunities. If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence, McMahon Law Offices is ready to provide skilled legal representation. For a free initial consultation, please call a DuPage County DUI defense attorney at 630-953-4400 to get the help you deserve.






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