Thanksgiving means holiday fun with family and friends, but it can also mean a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) if you’re stopped on suspicion of drunk driving. Police throughout Colorado increase their enforcement of DUI laws and other traffic laws during the holidays, but you can protect yourself by planning ahead for a sober trip home.
Some ways to protect yourself and others from a DUI charge this Thanksgiving include:
- Plan ahead. Before you head out to a party, set up a sober way to get home, whether that’s a designated driver, a taxicab, public transportation, or make plans to stay the night at your host’s place. That way, if you decide to have alcohol with your Thanksgiving dinner, you won’t face the risk of a DUI.
- Help others as you help yourself. Write down the numbers for local cab companies or program them into your cell phone. Not only will you have access to an alternative route home if you need it, but you’ll also be able to call a cab for anyone else who doesn’t look like they can drive safely. You may be able to prevent more than one DUI charge this Thanksgiving.
- Show your designated driver some love. Make sure he or she has access to favorite non-alcoholic drinks and Thanksgiving treats.