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Drinking at a holiday party? Follow these 3 tips to avoid a DUI

The holiday season is here, which means you will probably attend a party or two. While a Christmas or New Year's celebration is a great way to fill your life with joy, you should be careful if alcohol is involved. According to a report by TODAY, police step up their driving under the influence patrols and checkpoints during the holiday season. This is a time that should be cheerful for you. You do not want to end up in police custody after a party.

But how can you avoid getting charged with a DUI after a holiday party? Here are some tips.

1. Stay the night

If you plan on drinking at a party, you should consider talking to the host about staying overnight. This should be simple enough if a friend is hosting the party. Otherwise, you should consider booking a motel or hotel nearby. Set these details up before the party so you do not make any misguided decisions while drunk.

2. Use other transportation options

Even if you attend a party that is somewhat close to your residence, always find a way to get home than driving when you are drunk. Use a ridesharing app on your smartphone, call a cab or take a bus. It is better to pay the small cost of these alternative transportation options than dealing with a DUI arrest.

3. If you encounter police, behave yourself

If you make the decision to drive after you drink, you may get pulled over or drive through a DUI checkpoint. In these situations, make sure you are cooperative and polite. Comply with any requests, such as performing a sobriety test or retrieving your license and registration. The last thing you want to do is be belligerent or uncooperative.

Drunk driving is not only dangerous to you and others, but a criminal charge can be costly with long-lasting effects. Take these three tips to heart to avoid getting a DUI during the holiday season.

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