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How to Avoid a Holiday DUI Arrest in Knoxville

December 23, 2013

The holiday season – from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day – is the time when we see the highest number of DUI (driving under the influence) arrests. This is not only because we tend to party more and participate in more feasts and family gatherings. It’s also because law enforcement agencies deploy additional personnel to maximize enforcement efforts during the holidays. Police agencies in Tennessee also get special federal grants to conduct sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints during the holidays.

There are several steps we can all take to avoid a DUI arrest during the holiday season:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Do not drive under the influence at all.
  • Eat before you drink. If you are going to drink alcohol, make sure you eat enough food, which will help delay the absorption of alcohol.
  • Plan a safe ride home. If you know you’re going to be partying, designate a sober driver. If your designated driver ends up drinking, catch a cab. Do not drive under any circumstances.
  • Don’t assume anything. Just because you are close to your home, it does not mean that you are likely to get away with driving under the influence. Also, don’t believe you’re in the clear just because you follow the “one drink an hour” rule.

The consequences of a Tennessee DUI conviction can be severe. You may lose your driving privilege and your job. You may face jail time, hefty fines, and court fees, not to mention alcohol education programs. Take the common sense approach this holiday sense. Please do not drink and drive. If you have been arrested and need skilled legal representation, please contact an experienced Knoxville DUI defense lawyer for a free consultation.