Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family, but you do not want to ruin the good times with a DUI arrest. The police are on higher alert during holidays than other times of the year. For example, during the previous Memorial Day weekend, Arizona police arrested 481 people for DUI.
You may want to have a few drinks for the occasion, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, you need to make sure you do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. You never know when you may encounter a DUI checkpoint, and even one or two drinks could put you over the limit.
Figure out ride arrangements beforehand
If you know you will be out somewhere on the Fourth of July, then you should have a plan to get there and get home safely. Download Uber or Lyft onto your phone. You can also note the name of a local taxi service in your phone, so you know exactly whom to call. Many groups assign a designated driver, but regardless of what you do, you simply want to do something.
Host a party
You may want to consider hosting a party at your house. That way, you do not have to drive anywhere, but you will need to keep an eye on all your guests. Make sure people are responsible. It is a good idea to take people’s keys if they plan on drinking. Do not let anyone go home drunk, and you can contact an Uber to take guests home if they are in no condition to drive.
Be nice at checkpoints
In the event that you do drive through a checkpoint, even if you are sober, make sure you are polite. Do not pull a dangerous U-turn if you see a checkpoint up ahead because this will make you look suspicious. At the end of the day, the only way to avoid a DUI on the Fourth of July is to avoid driving entirely, so if you drink, then do not drive.