How Can I Avoid a DUI Charge on Memorial Day Weekend?

May 24, 2022

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For many people, Memorial Day weekend signifies the beginning of summer, and many Americans take to the roads for vacation over the long weekend. However, more people die on Memorial Day weekend each year than any other holiday weekend combined. 

The AAA estimates that over 39 million people will travel this Memorial Day weekend. The number of fatal car accidents over the holiday weekend has climbed steadily over the past decade. Out of all fatalities, over 40 percent are the result of driving under the influence (DUI)

Law enforcement across the country steps up monitoring and enforcing drunk driving laws, including checkpoints, to catch impaired drivers. Such efforts save countless lives in every state.

Having a DUI on your driving record can have devastating consequences that can negatively affect your life for many years, including losing your driver’s license or jail time. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep yourself safe and avoid a DUI on Memorial Day weekend.

Have a Designated Driver

When heading out to celebrate at a local establishment or party, select one group member who will not consume alcohol and be responsible for getting everyone home safely.

Call a Taxi or Rideshare

Whether with a group or traveling alone, call a taxi or rideshare service to safely transport you between home and where you will be celebrating.

Utilize Public Transportation

Take advantage of public transportation services, such as a bus or subway, to safely transport you to and from your home. Many locales extend their public transit hours during holidays that involve high numbers of traffic and alcohol consumption to provide alternate modes of travel.

Avoid Alcohol Consumption

The safest way to not get a DUI charge is to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages altogether. Volunteer to be the designated driver for your group, or allow guests to stay overnight if you are hosting a private party at home. Often, bars will offer complimentary non-alcoholic beverages to designated drivers.

Avoid Nighttime Driving

The bulk of DUIs and drunk driving accidents on Memorial Day weekend occur between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Law enforcement has a more significant presence during these times to keep the roads safe.

Whatever your plans entail, do so responsibly and safely to protect you, your friends and loved ones, and all other travelers.

West Chester Criminal Defense Lawyer at the Law Offices of Heather J. Mattes Represents Clients With DUI Charges

If you become charged with a DUI on Memorial Day weekend, you should speak with a lawyer. Our West Chester criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Heather J. Mattes can help you. Call us at 610-431-7900 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients in Chester County, Bucks County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County.

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