The new year is often a fresh start for many Arizonans. However, getting a DUI on New Year’s Day may not be the best way to begin 2020, as the number of DUI charges often skyrocket on January 1st. Whether someone was still drunk from the night before or decided to hit the bars after an overnight shift, the consequences can be dire if one isn’t careful. That’s because drinking and driving can harm more than just the person behind the wheel.
According to the Department of Transportation, around 300 people die annually in drunk driving crashes between Christmas and New Year’s. Back in 2016, approximately 781 people got killed due to drunk driving-related crashes in December alone.
Alternative transportation options for a safe night
Here’s a few tips for people and their loved ones to make sure they stay out of harm’s way this holiday season:
- Consider using a rideshare app like Lyft or Uber.
- Stay in with friends and drink at home.
- Spend the night at a friend’s place after hitting the bars.
- Keep track of everyone’s alcohol intake.
- Plan to have a designated driver.
- Use public transportation like the Valley Metro buses, light rail or Dial-a-Ride service.
Even if one is planning to stay sober, they should remain on the lookout for other impaired drivers on the road.
Start the new year off right
The new year means new beginnings for many. By beginning 2020 with optimism and a clean record, one can reach their full potential. But for those who do receive a DUI charge, blowing over the legal limit does not imply automatic guilt. An experienced criminal defense attorney could be the difference between a clear record and a conviction.