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Don't let drunk driving ruin your holiday season

Drunk driving is a serious problem all year long, but during the winter holiday season, the problem seems a lot worse. The winter holiday season often includes holiday parties that might occur when the roads are slick because of wintry precipitation. Since most of these parties occur at night, you also have the darkness that makes things even more dangerous.

People who are going to a holiday party during this season should take proper steps to ensure that they don't have to risk driving home after having a few drinks. Designated drivers, ride sharing services and public transportation are a few options that might help people who have been drinking.

A person who is at a holiday and partaking in the spirits should eat something. Drinking on an empty stomach can make the effects of alcohol increase. Try not to eat too many salty snacks because you might drink more without realizing it because of the salt. Also, don't be afraid to ask for mocktails or something without alcohol if you know you will have to drive yourself home.

There are some instances in which a person who has consumed alcohol might choose to drive home after the party. Maybe they didn't think they were impaired or maybe they just didn't have any other way to get home. In those cases, the person runs a real risk of getting stopped by the police because of behavior that suggests drunk driving.

Being arrested for a DUI or DWI can easily ruin your holiday season. If you find yourself in that position, you should explore your options for a defense. Once you are aware of your options, you can decide what you want to do.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "Safe Party Guide," accessed Nov. 09, 2015

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