For many, Christmas is the most exciting time of year. It involves sharing gifts, time off of work and spending time together with friends and family members.
For on-duty law enforcement, Christmas represents something else. The number of impaired drivers increases at this time of year and law enforcement tends to be extra vigilant.
What can you do to reduce your risk of DWI charges this Christmas?
Find somewhere to stay
There is nothing wrong with having a drink during the holidays. However, the reality is that drinking and driving just don’t mix. That’s why it can be beneficial to plan ahead.
Is a family member willing to come and pick you up? Is there a reasonably priced hotel nearby that you could stay in after your night out? Could you stay at a friend’s house?
Another way to reduce your risk of facing DWI charges is to have designated drivers. You and your friends or family members could take turns to stay off the alcohol and ensure everyone gets home safely at the end of the night.
New York is famous for its public transportation links. Generally, these continue to run throughout the holidays. By planning in advance, you can ensure that you’re at the station in time to make it home safely, without a traffic citation.
These are just some suggestions in terms of avoiding DWI charges over the holidays. If you have been charged, then it’s vital to explore your defense options. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of where you stand.