Texas DWI Defense Attorney Shares Tips for Avoiding Holiday DWIs

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is underway, and your schedule is filling up with exciting plans to get together with family and friends, attend community events, and, of course, have a great time with your co-workers at the annual company holiday party. At every celebration, you are sure to find your favorite seasonal foods and plenty of festive beverages. This holiday season is sure to be memorable, but if you happen to get a DWI on the way home from one of the parties that you attend this season, your holiday memories won’t all be happy ones.

Fortunately, a little advance planning can go a long way towards avoiding a DWI during the holidays or at any time of the year. Drivers should be aware that law enforcement officers know that the holiday season is a popular time for parties. The December holiday season is prime time for DWI checkpoints, increased patrols, and possibly even no refusal weekends in some areas. With this in mind, you can make plans to avoid drinking and driving this holiday season.

If you plan to enjoy alcohol at one or more of the parties that you plan to attend, talk to other people who will be attending the same parties to see whether there are any guests who plan to be designated drivers. You might be able to arrange for a ride with one of them. Also, take a look online to see what kinds of transportation options exist in your area. You may be able to use public transportation, a taxi, or a car service to get to and from all of your holiday parties with zero risk of a DWI.

If your party plans include long distance travel, make plans in advance to spend the night. Staying overnight is a good idea whether or not you plan to drink because tired drivers tend to drive like drunk drivers, which puts them at risk for accidents and at risk for DWI traffic stops. If you do end up in a situation where you will be driving home from a party late at night, enjoy yourself responsibly so that your drive home is both safe and legal. When you drive home, try to avoid attracting any attention from law enforcement officers, so that you will arrive at home without incident. Obeying the rules of the road is a good way to avoid a traffic stop. It’s also a good idea to look over your vehicle thoroughly on a regular basis to look for and fix things like burnt out turn signal lamps and burnt out headlight bulbs which can call attention to your vehicle and provide law enforcement officers with an easy excuse to stop your vehicle.

If you do get pulled over, try to remain calm. Provide as little information as you can while complying with the officer’s reasonable requests. Remember that you are under no obligation to provide information that could incriminate you. If you do end up being pulled over and charged with a DUI, be sure to get help from a Texas DWI Defense Attorney right away. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has served DWI clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call him today, at 214-521-4567.



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