Along with a chill in the air and extra warmth in the heart, the holiday season brings an onslaught of parties and get-togethers that often involve alcohol. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a drink or two with friends and loved ones, but make sure you or a loved one doesn’t end up with a DUI/DWI by following Montagna Klein Camden’s top tips for responsible driving.
1. Always assign a designated driver. Choose one responsible person who you can trust to stay sober and hide others’ keys if needed.
2. …but keep the number of a cab company on hand. Call Black and White Cabs (757-855-4444) in Norfolk if things get out of hand and you’re left with no designated driver.
3. Pace your alcohol intake by enjoying a glass of water between cocktails. Alcohol dehydrates, so remember to drink a lot of water.
4. Eat plenty before and during a night of drinking. If you know you will be drinking a fair amount of alcohol in the evening, prepare throughout the day by eating healthy meals full of protein and good fats.
5. If you are throwing a party, be sure to offer filling food and non-alcoholic options for guests. Readily available “mocktails” as well as water, soda and tea will enhance the evening for designated drivers as well as those guests who choose not to drink.
6. Keep an eye on friends and loved ones to help them stay safe. Never turn a blind eye to a friend with impaired judgement getting ready to drive themselves home.
7. Know your limits. Most people have a pretty good sense of when they’ve had too much to drink, but remember, “buzzed” driving is still drunk driving. Check out this blood alcohol calculator to learn more about your legal limits and avoid getting charged with DUI.
8. Refrain from drinking altogether. It may seem simplistic, but this is the best choice for anyone looking to stay responsible on the road this season.
If you do find yourself charged with a DUI despite your best safety efforts, call the Virginia DUI defense lawyers at Montagna Klein Camden. We have a strong history of finding fair treatment for our DUI clients. Call us today at 757-622-8100 or contact us online. Visit the DUI and Reckless Driving FAQ page for answers to common questions.