Now that Halloween has passed, many Americans are starting to plan their Thanksgiving celebrations. The holiday is one of the most popular in the country, and for good reason. It is a time when families can come together to give thanks, spend time together and enjoy a feast.
Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also a time for increased DUIs in Maryland. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day itself have above-average rats of drinking and driving.
These are a few tips that you can use to protect yourself and loved ones from a DUI this year.
- Limit alcohol consumption
Many families enjoy a few alcoholic beverages with their Thanksgiving meals. Drinking responsibly is fine—imbibing too much alcohol is not. Consume alcohol in moderation, and monitor the alcohol consumption of your family members.
- Take your loved ones’ keys
If you do notice that a relative or friend is intoxicated, do not let them get behind the wheel of their vehicle. Instead, offer them a sober ride. You can drive them yourself, or call a can or rideshare. Take your family member’s keys, if necessary.
- Use a designated driver
A sober driver can save a life. You or another family member can volunteer to be a designated driver for other people who have been drinking to excess.
- Find another ride
There are several other options for sober rides, if you cannot find a designated driver. Call a taxi, or hire a rideshare like Uber or Lyft. You can also use public transportation, which is an excellent alternative to drinking and driving.
- Know your rights
If you or a loved one does drive under the influence of alcohol and is pulled over by a cop, know your legal rights. You have the right to remain silent, rather than incriminate yourself. You do not have to consent to the cop searching your vehicle. And you can ask for a lawyer to assist with your defense.