We are in the midst of a very dangerous time on Wisconsin roads and highways.
OWI arrests tend to be at their highest in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This makes sense, as the holiday season is the perfect time to eat, drink and be merry. Whether you are attending a company party, meeting up with friends, or catching up with your loved ones, there is no shortage of opportunities to imbibe socially during this most festive time of year.
The good news is that it has never been easier to get home safely without driving under the influence. It is no longer a valid excuse to say “easier said than done” when reminded not to take the risk of drinking and driving.
Keep the following tips in mind this holiday season to stay safe and avoid spending Christmas morning in the drunk tank:
- Plan ahead:
Be honest with yourself. If you are going to have a few and cut loose, plan a sober ride in advance. This could be in the form of selecting a designated driver for the evening, scheduling a taxi ride, or keeping your phone handy so you can catch an Uber after last call.
- Pack your walking shoes: The viability of this option depends on the weather, but a brisk walk home sure beats walking into the station in handcuffs.
- Drink plenty of water: It’s a good idea to alternate glasses of water with alcoholic beverages. It will help slow your alcohol intake and it’s good to stay hydrated.
- Arrange a ride for you and your car: There are various local services available that will drive you and your car home at the end of the night. This has two benefits: you get home safe and don’t have to get a ride back to retrieve your car the next day.
Our advice on drunk driving is simple: just don’t do it.