November has arrived, and it will soon be Thanksgiving. People throughout Kentucky love the holiday for its celebration of family and gratitude. It is a wonderful day to gather friends and relatives together, give thanks and cook a huge feast.
But the holiday is also a dangerous day on the roads. Thanksgiving sees a much higher rate of drinking and driving than other holidays. This also means an increased risk of being pulled over, arrested and charged with DUI.
One of the most dangerous days of the year
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that the Thanksgiving holiday can be a dangerous time for drivers. Indeed, the night before Thanksgiving is referred to as “Black Wednesday,” since it is the busiest night of the year for bars across the U.S. Because many people consume alcohol during their celebrations, they make the dangerous mistake of getting behind the wheel of their car. This can result in criminal charges like a DWI or a DUI—and it can also cause injuries and fatalities.
Tips to avoid a DUI
Fortunately, there are many ways that you can remain safe and avoid a DUI this holiday season:
- Designate a sober driver
- Call a taxi
- Hire a rideshare like Uber or Lyft
- Take public transportation
- Drink in moderation
- Limit others’ alcohol consumption
If you are charged with a DUI, know your rights. You do not have to risk incriminating yourself by speaking to the police. You do not have to consent to a search and seizure. You also have the right to contact a criminal defense lawyer.