The short Thanksgiving break from work, school, and pressure to spend time with family and friends can be a great way to get through November and begin preparing for the long winter ahead. However, for some, Thanksgiving and the days surrounding Thanksgiving can be extremely stressful if you are charged with a DUI while driving. To learn about how you can avoid a DUI over this holiday week, read on.
Thanksgiving is Not the Only Day to Watch Out For
Traditionally, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a big night for festivities. This is because people who are in their hometowns for Thanksgiving get together with old friends on this day. Bars in town tend to fill up, and the police are aware that there might be more people drinking and driving on this night than on other nights of the year. Be aware of this fact if you are going to catch up with old friends. Make sure that your group has a designated driver or another plan to get home safely.
Be Aware of Thanksgiving Stressors
For some, getting together with friends and family is enjoyable, but for others, this isn’t always the case. It can be stressful to entertain your family and host Thanksgiving, or you might have to see family members that you do not get along very well with. These stressors could contribute to your desire to have a few alcoholic beverages. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to plan for this scenario if you think that it will happen. Make sure that another family member can drive you home, that you can stay over at the host’s house, or that you can get a cab ride back to your house or hotel.
Traditionally, Thanksgiving and the days surrounding Thanksgiving see a lot of DUI checkpoints. We can keep you updated on planned DUI checkpoints in the state of Connecticut, but if you don’t know when and where specific checkpoints will be, just be aware that you might run into one if you are driving on or near Thanksgiving.
These are a few tips for avoiding a DUI during Thanksgiving. You can keep yourself and your family members safe with these tips. For more information on how to avoid a DUI, you can contact our office. Also consider contacting our office if you do receive a DUI over Thanksgiving break. You are not alone if this happens – we can help you through this difficult time.