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How to Avoid a DUI on the Fourth of July

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation’s independence by throwing a pool party, barbequing, setting off fireworks, and even consuming alcohol beverages. Unfortunately, many people end up drunk driving on this day.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Independence Day is the deadliest holiday for fatal car accidents. In fact, the Fourth of July is the number one holiday for beer purchases.

In order to deter drunk driving and keep the public safe, the police will set up checkpoints and patrol the streets in full force to arrest suspected drunk drivers. With a significant increase in the presence of law enforcement, it is important to be aware of the likelihood of spending the holiday—or perhaps the rest of the weekend—behind bars.

The following are several ways you can avoid getting a DUI on the Fourth of July:

  • Avoid drinking – You can’t be charged with drunk driving if you haven’t had a sip of alcohol that day. You could even be the designated driver and help get others home safe.
  • Avoid driving – However, if you do happen to partake in the festivities, do not even think about getting behind the wheel. If you do not have your own designated driver, you can either request a ride from an Uber/Lyft driver or a taxi service.
  • Spend the night – If you are celebrating the holiday far away from home, consider asking the host of the party or a friend who lives close by if you can sleepover. On the other hand, you can also spend the night in a hotel or motel.
  • Host a party – If you want to celebrate the holiday without leaving your home, why don’t you throw a party at your place? Remember to keep your eye on all your guests to ensure they are responsible. Offer your guests the option of sleeping over or contacting an Uber/Lyft for them.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in West Virginia, contact The Wagner Law Firm today at (304) 461-6000 and schedule a free consultation today.

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