With the holiday season fast upon us, there is no shortage of festivities and cheer. This also means there are more people out and about enjoying the season. Whether you plan to drive yourself and some friends or rely on someone else for transportation, keep in mind that the roads are far more congested and hazardous than usual. Law enforcement is also ramping up its DUI enforcement tactics to reduce the number of drunk drivers and casualties on the streets.
Many people who end up facing DUI charges receive them without actually being over the legal BAC limit. Even false DUI charges carry serious consequences that may not go away when dropped. A DUI arrest and mug shot can follow and affect you for life. Here are some pointers to help you avoid DUI charges during the holiday season and any time of year.
It is a no-brainer that DUI enforcement goes up near the end of the year. There are more sobriety checkpoints police use to stop and assess motorists for potential signs of intoxication. Many people apprehended for drunk driving do not show visible signs of intoxication.
Know your limit
Not all alcoholic beverages cause impairment right away. Everyone reacts differently to alcohol and other potentially impairing substances. One or two drinks may not affect you as much as they may someone else. If you feel the need to indulge, have someone who is sober drive. Even if you have not had much at all to drink, it is best not to risk it. Have someone else drive you home.
Pennsylvania takes a rigorous stance against drunk drivers. The penalties are among the stiffest in the country. Regardless of whether you plan to consume alcohol or use medications or other substances that could impact your driving performance, exercise good judgment, take reasonable actions to keep your criminal record DUI-free and stay off the road.