Thanksgiving is nearly here, and with it comes an increased risk of collisions with drunk drivers. It’s fairly common for people to have a few drinks with Thanksgiving dinner, but the entire holiday weekend is problematic as a result of people coming to visit family and many going out to celebrate with drinks.
If you’re also traveling to be with friends or family and plan to drink, you need to remember to take steps to avoid a DUI and to stay out from behind the wheel while intoxicated. Here are a few things you can do to stay safe.
1. Plan to stay the night if you’re going to drink
One good thing about visiting friends and family is that there’s usually a couch to crash on. If you plan to drink at an event or end up drinking more than expected while visiting, ask if you can stay the night. It’s much safer than getting behind the wheel.
2. If you can’t stay overnight, wait until you sober up
If you can’t stay all night, then you need to wait until you sober up to drive. If you had five standard drinks, for example, your body will need at least an hour to process each one. Keep that in mind if you plan to drive home.
3. Call a cab
While holiday rates might be higher than at other times, calling a cab is a good way to avoid getting a DUI or getting into a drunk driving accident. You can ask them to take you to a hotel nearby, to your home, or to a friend or family member’s location, so that you don’t end up in a crash.
Overall, the holidays are a great time when you can have fun seeing friends and family, but there is a lot of drinking that takes place.
Even if you are cautious about drinking, there is the potential that others will not be. While you’re on the roads, be cautious about entering intersections and be aware of your surroundings. If you see anyone who is driving dangerously, you can call 911 or your local police station to report them and have the police check on their behaviors.
If you are hit by someone who has been drinking, it’s important that they are held liable for their actions. You can pursue a claim against them to get the compensation that you need.