While New Year’s Eve traditionally celebrates new beginnings, too much celebration could result in unwanted legal involvement or even a serious accident. The National Safety Council says that about 36% of December 31 through January 1 motor vehicle fatalities result from driver impairment.
These tips can help you reduce your risk of an arrest for driving under the influence after you ring in 2022.
Avoid alcohol completely
You don’t necessarily have to have a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher at the scene to receive DUI charges in Florida. Law enforcement can also arrest you if you display obvious impairment, defined as anything that prevents you from operating the vehicle safely.
Designate a driver
This classic safety recommendation still holds true. If you plan to drink, have a sober driver prepared to bring you home. If your friends and family members will also imbibe, consider hiring a driver, calling an Uber or Lyft, or spending the night at the celebration location.
Drive with caution
You had a glass of wine or two with dinner and drive home after the ball drops. Even though you may feel OK to drive, your BAC might be above the legal limit. Abide by all traffic laws and signs to reduce your chances of getting stopped for a minor infraction like forgetting to use your turn signal and ending up with a DUI arrest.
Following these tips can help you keep your driving record clean this holiday season. If you do receive Florida DUI charges, you have the right to defend yourself in court.