Whether you are attending a holiday party at a friend's house or hosting
your work Christmas party, you need to be aware of the pitfalls that could
lead to a DUI for you or your guests.
If you are hosting be sure to serve plenty of alcohol alternatives for
designated drivers and to absorb any alcohol consumed. Make sure that
there are appetizers or a full meal along with cocktails. It may sound
silly but give out name tags with "drink responsibly" printed
on them. The gentle reminder works. Have any servers or bartenders inform
you if they feel that someone is too intoxicated to drive. If it is a
company party, work with management to offer Taxi incentives to all employees.
Host the party at or near a hotel and get a room block for your guests.
If you are attending holiday parties always designate a sober driver or
take a cab. If the party does not include dinner, eat beforehand. Having
food in your stomach will help absorb some of the alcohol consumed at
any event. While we do not recommend relying on the portable alcohol screening
devices that can be purchased over the internet, it will help to give
you some indication of what your blood alcohol level may be. Remember
that they should not be solely relied upon. The breathalyzers purchased
over the internet may not be properly calibrated or maintained and thus
may give an inaccurate reading. Do not rely on a portable breathalyzer
to determine whether or not you should drive. You may still be over the limit.
The Law Offices of Thomas Wallin wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence,
the first call you should make is to a qualified DUI defense attorney.