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Avoiding a DUI during the holiday weekend

Christmas is just a few weeks away, followed by New Year's Eve. This is a time of parties and festivities, and also one of the most dangerous times of the year for drivers. These are holidays that promote drinking, and, as a result, there are many more drunk-driving-related crashes than at other times of the year.

As someone making the trip to see family and friends, it's important that you get there and home safely. If drinking is part of the activities planned for the day, that could create a risk of getting a DUI. Here are a few ideas for how to avoid a DUI over the holidays.

1. Plan to use a taxi service

Before you decide to drive to your event, consider taking a taxi instead. That way, you'll know you have a ride to and from the event with a driver who isn't drinking. As an added benefit, you can drink as much as you want without having to worry about driving home.

2. Consider non-alcoholic alternatives

Even if drinking is part of the festivities, you can avoid drinking by choosing alternatives. Alcohol-free eggnog, punch and sparkling grape juice all work well as alternatives to alcohol. Worried you won't have the right drink for a toast with the family? Choose an alternative that looks similar and pour it into your champagne glass.

3. Stay the night

If you drive to the event and can't drive home, one option you might have is to stay the night. No friend or family member who cares about you is going to let you drive home drunk, so consider asking ahead of time if staying overnight is an option. If it is, then you have a solution if you drink too much to drive.

These are a few options for avoiding a DUI over the holidays. With a little preparation, it's possible to stay safe and to help keep the roads free of drunk drivers.

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