How to Have a Safe & DUI-Free Labor Day Weekend

The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a time where people honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. A lot of people around the United States celebrate Labor Day with barbecues, alcohol, and parades. You may be returning home from your celebration today or setting out to enjoy a cool refreshing beverage. Either way, it is important to take the necessary steps to keep yourself and those around you safe, especially with extra drivers on the road.

Heavy traffic and many intoxicated drivers will be out on the road during this Labor Day weekend and it is important to stay safe while on the road. Use these tips to have a safe and DUI-Free Labor Day weekend to maximize the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road. Benoit Law Firm wishes you an enjoyable Labor Day weekend and urges you to drive safely.

TIPS FOR AVOIDING A DUI

Use a designated driver. Labor Day weekend is notorious for parades, parties, and barbecues, where alcohol is a big factor in celebrating. As everyone is out celebrating this weekend, we encourage you to drink responsibly and choose a designated driver. Keep yourself and those around you safe.

Plan ahead and use rideshare companies like Lyft or Uber. If you plan on drinking a lot during the Labor Day weekend, be smart and don’t get behind the wheel to drive. Not only is that illegal, but it is also extremely dangerous. Instead, call a taxi, sober friend or family member, or use a rideshare company like Lyft or Uber to get home safely without risking the safety of others on the road.

Keep other people from driving under the influence. You are out having a good time partying or just having a good time with family and friends where you notice a buddy or family member who has had too much to drink. Instead of allowing them to get behind the wheel, it is important to help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

Remember that a DUI is more than just a party foul. You could be looking at license suspension, jail time, large fines, the long-term impacts of a criminal record and much worse. You do not want your celebration to be overshadowed by tragedy. Driving under the influence of alcohol can put many lives at risk.

Find somewhere to stay for the weekend. If you can’t find a friend to stay with, if possible, rent a room at a hotel or motel. See if a few friends want to share these costs with you. Renting a room, regardless of the initial costs, will be a far cry from the $10,000 or more than a first-time DUI conviction can end up costing in the long run.

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