Avoiding DWIs: Staying Safe This Holiday Season

It’s no secret that the most wonderful time of the year can also be the most dangerous. While holiday festivities abound, impaired drivers flood the roadways, dramatically increasing the risk of DWI-related injuries and deaths.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Fatalities caused by impaired driving are avoidable – particularly in the age of Uber, Lyft, and other transportation options that can save partygoers from making poor decisions. The key, as always, is awareness and forethought.

Here are our tips to stay safe this holiday season – whether you’re a designated driver or a passenger.

Take advantage of rideshare options.

The decision to simply tap the Uber app rather than sliding behind the wheel of a car can mean, quite literally, the difference between life and death. Whether you opt to summon an Uber, Lyft, or traditional cab, or you select a sober friend to be the “designated driver,” keep in mind that having a transportation plan in place before you imbibe can save you from making a poor decision for the sake of convenience – and while under the influence of alcohol.

Set limits and cut-off times.

If you know that you’re responsible for driving but still want to join the holiday merrymaking, designate a drink limit and set an aggressive cut-off time, for instance, two hours before your planned departure. Ideally, find an accountability partner to keep you honest and to monitor your alcohol intake if you’re concerned you might get carried away.

Remember your sole goal.

Your one and only goal is to get home safely so that you can continue to enjoy your friends and family during the holiday season. That said, there is no “convenience” factor that trumps that goal. If you’re anxious to get home but you have had too much to drink, the extra time it takes to wait for a ride-share or to ask a friend to drive you will be more than worth it. Remember your goal, and don’t be embarrassed to admit that you need help.

If you’ve already been involved in a DWI-related accident, give us a call. Our firm can help you fight a DWI charge and will work to try to reduce your sentence. Call our office at 919-587-8544 or head to the main page to chat with a legal assistant 24-7.

Here at Cotten Law Firm, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.