A DUI arrest is the quickest way to ruin your Super Bowl weekend. Unfortunately, drunk drivers cause forty (40) percent of all fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is why Florida police will be out in full force – looking for signs of intoxicated motorists.
Unfortunately, honest people make mistakes. If you are facing DUI charges in Florida, then contact Leader & Leader, PA.
As a Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer, Michael D. Leader can evaluate your arrest and aggressively fight for a positive outcome to your case. Mr. Leader is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a free consultation for new criminal matters. Call 954-523-2020 to schedule a consultation.
Read on to learn three tips to help you avoid a DUI arrest on Super Bowl Sunday:
- Arrange Alternative Transportation
The easiest and most effective way to avoid a DUI is not to drink and drive. If your plans involve alcohol, then designate a sober driver, take a taxi, or split a rideshare service, such as Uber, Lyft, Redcap, other car services or with friends. You can get a free $15.00 for UBER if you do not already have an account with code 5dph3 when you set up your account.
Although a cabs or car services costs money, it is much cheaper than the fees from a DUI conviction. Also, arranging alternative transportation is a great way to keep your friends and family safe.
- Monitor Your Consumption
Police can arrest anyone they catch operating a vehicle while impaired from drugs or alcohol. Florida law establishes a presumption of impairment if you breath/blood-alcohol content is .08 percent or higher, as the Alcohol Policy Information System explains. Driving with any alcohol in your system is not advisable, but if you choose to get behind the wheel, then you should only do so if your BAC is below the legal limit and you are not otherwise impaired by drugs or alcohol. If you are impaired, you may not be able to make a good judgment call about driving which is why it is generally a good idea not to drink and then drive.
There are no foolproof ways to track your BAC. You should never rely on a home breathalyzer kit because the results are not admissible in court, and they are often inaccurate. If you have no other options, it may not be a bad idea to get an idea of what your approximate BAC may be. However, if you are showing as .05 of higher, you should NOT drive or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle (assuming the device you use is remotely accurate). Remember, just being in, around or on the vehicle with the keys accessible to you, can be deemed actual physical control, even if you are parked, sleeping in the car and not driving!
Here are a few tips that may help keep your BAC below the legal limit:
- Do not consume more than two alcoholic beverages the entire night (this means a measured amount not measured by glass or cup but 1 oz of liquor, 5 0z of wine, 12 oz of beer, etc.);
- Consume at least one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage;
- Do not consume more than one alcoholic beverage (again assuming the beverage does not have more than one serving of alcohol) per hour;
- Avoid “chugging” drinks;
- And eat food while you drink.
It is important to note, however, that your BAC may be over the legal limit after just one or two alcoholic beverages depending on the amount of alcohol in the drink. One drink or one beverage is based upon one ounce of alcohol in the entire drink, eight to twelve ounces of beer of five ounces of wine. Most often, the alcoholic drink was not measured or not made by you and one glass/cup is more than one alcoholic beverage or drink (i.e. a cup of rum and coke may have three ounces of rum and is technically three drinks not one). You should never rely on these methods, and it is best to avoid drinking and driving altogether.
- Get a Hotel
If you plan on drinking Super Bowl Sunday and a car service, cab or reliable designated driver is not an viable option, then getting a hotel room can provide peace of mind. Ask friends if they want to split the cost.
Florida police are well aware that drunken driving rates skyrocket on Super Bowl weekend. By following these three tips, you can enjoy the Big Game with family and friends rather than spending the night in a jail cell.
If you do end up on the wrong side of the law, then contact Leader & Leader, PA. Michael D. Leader is a Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer who can represent your interests. Call 954-523-2020 to schedule a consultation.