The holidays are here. In this festive season, most of us look forward to spending time with family and friends. We will gather together throughout the winter months and create memories that will last a lifetime.

We know you are looking forward to celebrations with your loved ones. During this time of year, however, you need to make sure that you, your family, and friends are safe.

Every year, the holidays statistically continue to be the time of year with the highest number of arrests for driving under the influence. Local police officers set DUI checkpoints on high traffic roads during peak travel times from Halloween through New Years. To protect yourself, your family, and your kids, it is important for you follow safe holiday practices when it comes to alcohol consumption and driving.

These are the three tips we share with those we care about during the holidays and year-round when it comes to safe driving practices.

1. Do not drive intoxicated. Avoidance is always the best course of action. If you only operate a vehicle when you are sober, there will be no chance you could be charged with driving under the influence or something more serious. Do not let the holiday festivities cloud your judgment. Make smart decisions when it comes to driving your car over the holidays.

2. Select your designated driver early. You know now that at most of the parties you attend alcohol will be served. Waiting to plan until the celebration is not enough. Choose your designated driver before the day of the party. If you are planning to attend multiple parties throughout the holiday season, share the responsibility between the party-goers.

3. Understand the risk. Your arrest for driving under the influence is only the start of what you may face. Losing your license, property damage, significant injury and death are very real possibilities when you choose to drive intoxicated. Do not leave your future to chance. You know the risk so make other arrangements well in advance.

If you are charged with DUI during the holidays or at any time, do not wait to take action. When you hire our Tallahassee criminal defense firm, you will receive a clear picture of the charges you face and have a better chance of reaching a more favorable outcome on your case. We work with our clients to help them navigate the legal landscape, and are potentially able to lessen the charges you face. Call us at (850) 222 – 2000 or contact us through our website.