The holiday season is here in Indianapolis, and it is a time for celebrations. And, at many small family gatherings, alcohol will be enjoyed. With the understanding that drinking is a big part of the holiday culture in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has some tips on how to get home safely after drinking, to avoid getting a DUI.
Ride-Sharing and Taxis
One popular way to get home without driving drunk is to hail a taxi or, these days, a ride-sharing service. To stay safe, make sure the vehicle and license plate match what you booked through the ride-sharing app you used. Also, make sure you have a safe place to wait until your ride-share arrives, and choose a pick-up location that is away from the roadway and in a well-lit area where it is safe for your ride to stop to pick you up.
Walking home after drinking may be an option, but it is important to do so safely. In 2017, the NHTSA reports that approximately 32% of fatal pedestrian accidents involved alcohol use. If you must walk, obey traffic signals, stay on the sidewalk and make sure you are visible, especially if it is dark out.
Riding a bus or train home may be another option rather than driving drunk. If you are alone, you may want to sit near the driver and avoid falling asleep.
Riding with a designated driver
Perhaps the best plan is to ride with a designated sober driver, someone you know and trust. Or, if possible, stay where you are until you are sober enough to drive safely. If you do find yourself facing a DUI this holiday season, it can help to seek legal advice. The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating. At Kammen & Moudy, we can offer you the experienced support you need.