VA DUI Lawyer Offers Tips for Avoiding Spring Break DUI

Spring break is all about fun—but nothing is “fun” about getting a DUI! In fact, in Virginia, a DUI can have serious consequences that impact you for years. So, what should you do to avoid getting in trouble on your vacation? Consider these tips from a DUI defense lawyer in Virginia.

Don’t drive drunk

You must be responsible for ensuring that you don’t get behind the wheel after you’ve had too much to drink. Police officers are going to be stepping up their patrols and watching for anyone who is driving in a suspicious manner. Don’t give the police officers a reason to stop you!

Make a plan for how you will get home

If you intend to drink, make a plan for getting home safely. You can:

  • Designate a driver;
  • Take a taxi;
  • Use public transportation;
  • Walk; or
  • Spend the night with a friend, and drive home in the morning.

Have a back-up plan

Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. Your designated driver starts drinking. You can’t find a taxi. Your feet hurt too much to walk. Make a back-up plan to cover such problems.

If you plan to drive after drinking, be careful

If you plan to drink moderately and then drive, be careful about it. Do not drink more than one drink per hour. Stop drinking a couple hours before you plan to drive. Mix your own drinks or watch the bartender mix them. Do not accept a drink offered to you by someone you don’t know or trust. Watch your drink at all times to make sure no one tampers with it.

Also, know that other people may not have taken the same precautions you’ve taken. Watch out for drunk drivers as you drive home.

Enjoy your vacation

Spring break is meant to be fun. Whether you’re headed to Virginia Beach, to a state park, or just driving through our state, be safe. If you do find yourself in trouble, contact Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC. You may reach us by filling out an online form or by calling us toll-free at 888-783-9701. We help people fight DUI charges.