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An ounce of prevention

The biggest party of the year is often on the very last night of the year. We have written in recent days about the increased patrols law enforcement agencies have planned for the Denver metro area and across the state of Colorado, so it’s time to prepare for New Year’s Eve.

Besides choosing what you will wear and where you will go, you should also decide on a plan to avoid a DUI arrest. Being taken into custody, arranging bail and facing harsh legal consequences is one of the worst ways to begin a new year. So taking a few minutes to plan ahead to avoid all of that is a good way to prepare for a big night, no matter where it falls on the calendar.

If you’re planning on going to a party, the state of Colorado suggests that you don’t wait until the last second to try to find alternative modes of transportation. One of the best ways to avoid drunken driving charges is to have a sober friend or significant other agree to serve as designated driver.

You could also have a sober friend or significant other agree to be available to come and pick you up should you need a ride.

Another tip is to put phone numbers for taxi cab companies and ride-share services in your wallet or purse so you have them ready on the big night.

Also, it’s good to remember that your body needs about an hour to process each drink, whether it’s a beer, glass of wine or mixed drink. So it’s a good idea to sip the drink and it’s also good to alternate non-alcoholic beverages with the alcoholic drinks to give yourself time to process the alcohol.

Eat food during the evening, but avoid salty snacks that can make a person thirsty.

If you must drive, wait at least 90 minutes from the time of your last drink before getting behind the wheel.

Lastly, if you find yourself in trouble, speak with an attorney experienced in drunk driving defense before you make any decisions about how to plead. 

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