The Holidays & DUI

During the holiday season, more people will be out eating, drinking, and celebrating this time of year. However, the odds of getting arrested and charged with a DUI in Rhode Island are higher than usual.

In fact, alcohol-related deaths occur more frequently from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day compared to the rest of the year. Law enforcement increases their numbers patrolling the streets, as well as their DUI stops to prevent drunk drivers from potentially causing harm to others.

The following are helpful ways to avoid a DUI during the holidays:

  • Do not drink and drive. The best way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and drive. However, if you plan on driving, have a designated driver with you or use ride-sharing services (Uber or Lyft).
  • Make sure that you are under the legal limit. A great way to keep your BAC level down is to eat while drinking, as food will help your body digest alcohol more quickly. Always keep in mind how many drinks you’re having per hour and stop drinking for a long period of time before taking the wheel.
  • Know your laws. If there is a chance that you are going to drive after drinking, you should brush up on the driving laws to ensure that you are operating within them.
  • Maintain good behavior. If you happen to get pulled over by a police officer, always be polite and comply with every request.

If you were recently arrested and charged with a DUI in Rhode Island, schedule a free consultation with The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. today.