Happy hour is a great way to let loose after a long day of work, but it can also lead to disaster if you’re not careful. Drinking and driving is never a good idea and can easily lead to a DUI.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe while enjoying those drinks specials.
Have a plan before heading to the bar
Although happy hour is a good time to relax and unwind with friends, it’s important to ensure that you don’t overindulge. If you’re planning on drinking, be sure to have a plan for getting home safely. In addition:
- Know your limits and stick to them. Don’t drink more than you can handle just because the drinks are cheap.
- Pace yourself. Drink slowly so that you don’t get too drunk too quickly.
- Avoid rounds of shots or high-alcohol drinks. These can spike your blood alcohol level and put you at risk of getting a DUI.
- Have a designated driver or take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft home if you’re drinking alcohol.
- Make sure you’re well-hydrated before drinking alcohol and drink plenty of water while you’re out.
While you already know the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08, what you may not realize is that in 2020, there were 2,041 fatalities where the driver had a BAC between .01 and .07 BAC. Even at .02 BAC, you begin to have visual problems. You may be unable to focus on two tasks at the same time.
If you are arrested for DUI, you have the right to remain silent, and you should exercise that right. It is essential to explore your defense options as soon as possible to protect your rights and minimize the impact on your life.