The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone seems to be in a good mood. What could be better than spending a summer day outdoors? How about enjoying a barbeque with friends and family? Or playing golf with your buddies? While all of these activities are certainly enjoyable, they can also lead to trouble if you’re not careful.
Avoid a DUI this summer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more people die in alcohol-related car accidents during the summer than at any other time of year. In fact, almost 30% of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol.
So, if you’re planning on enjoying a few drinks, it’s important to be careful. Here are a few tips for avoiding a DUI:
- Plan ahead and designate a sober driver.
- Pace yourself so that you don’t drink more than you intend.
- Eat before you drink so that you absorb the alcohol more slowly.
If you do drink and get behind the wheel, pull over immediately if you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. It’s always better to cooperate with the police than to resist. When speaking with the officer, be polite and honest.
If they ask you to take a field sobriety test, you have the right to refuse. However, if they arrest you, you will be required to submit to a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content level. Be aware that refusing this test can result in automatic penalties, including losing your license.
Although summertime is a great time to get together with friends and family, it’s important to remember that drinking and driving can have dangerous consequences. Plan ahead so that everyone can enjoy the summer without any worries. If you do make a mistake, however, exercise your right to remain silent until you can determine your defense options.