How to Avoid a Holiday DWI in Massachusetts

As the holiday season grows near, it is important that we remember to keep the festivities fun and safe. Like every year, arrests for driving while intoxicated (DWI) are expected to spike from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, making it extremely important that you exercise caution and act responsibly when drinking over the holidays. My firm has created a short list of tips to help keep you safe and reduce your chances of a holiday DWI.

Get a Ride or Stay Put

The only way to 100% guarantee that you will not be charged with a holiday DWI is to refrain from drinking and driving. If you are going to drink, make sure you have a way of getting home safely. Call a cab, take a train, or make sure you have a designated driver with you. If you do not have any way of getting home, it is best to stay put until you are completely sober. Drinking responsibly can not only keep you out of trouble, but it can make the roads safer for everyone this holiday season. Do your part!

If You Do Drink, Stay Under the Legal Limit

Anyone over the age of 21 who operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher can be charged with a DWI. Commercial drivers can be charged if their BAC is half this amount, and anyone under 21 needs only a 0.02% BAC to be arrested. If you absolutely must drink and drive, which I do not condone under any circumstances, make sure that you are under the legal limit and are sober enough to drive safely.

There are several ways to keep your BAC under the legal limit, including:

  • Eating food while drinking
  • Drinking water
  • Pacing yourself to one drink per hour
  • Waiting a considerable amount of time before traveling

It is important to keep in mind, however, that everyone reacts to alcohol differently. Gender, weight, and rate of consumption all have an effect on your overall tolerance. Commercially available breathalyzers can come in handy, though their accuracy can be questionable and should not be relied on as your only means of determining your sobriety.

Drive Cautiously

Even if you are under the legal limit, it is never a good idea to drive recklessly while you have any level of alcohol in your system. Do not run through any stop signs, accelerate through any yellow lights, or make any risky maneuvers while getting to your destination. These driving tactics can make you stick out to law enforcement and give them a reason to pull you over. If they smell alcohol on your breath, you could find yourself in a world of trouble.

Facing Charges? Call KRP Law, LLC!

Even if you strictly adhere to these guidelines, we all know that life can sometimes be unpredictable. If you should find yourself in the back of a squad car for a holiday DWI, a Salem, MA criminal defense attorney from KRP Law, LLC can provide a hard-hitting defense against your charges. I, Attorney Kevin Prendergast, can use my invaluable experience as a former police officer and prosecutor to tear apart the opposition's claims and give you the best chances of securing a desirable outcome for your situation.

To get started, contact my office online or call (888) 499-8065 today!