Between October 31 and December 31 more than 350 people were arrested for drunk driving in Prince George's County and Montgomery County last year. Why? A special initiative led by the Maryland State Police to crack down on drunk driving over the holidays. While no formal initiative has been announced this year, you can - and should - expect increased DUI patrol from now until the New Year.
Last year, Prince George police beefed up their patrol efforts every Friday and Saturday night, with special holiday patrols Wednesday through Saturday beginning in November.
So what can you do to avoid a DUI arrest this holiday season? Well, first and foremost, don't drink and drive. However, that is often easier said than done. No one plans to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, but when celebrating at holiday parties it's easy to lose track and have one too many.
Know Your BAC To Avoid A DUI
Below are some tips to keep your blood alcohol level in check, stay safe and avoid an arrest:
Know how much alcohol is in your drink. Sugary holiday cocktails often mask the taste of liquor. When you can't taste alcohol it can be hard to know how much you've consumed. Watch the bartender, or host, making your cocktail so you know how much you're consuming.
Drink on a full stomach. Having food in your stomach will slow the absorption of alcohol.
Pace yourself. Typically, the human liver processes one standard drink per hour. Pacing yourself will help you limit the amount of alcohol in your system.
Drink water. Try a 2-to-1 ratio. For every two alcoholic beverages you consume, drink an 8 oz glass of water.
When in doubt, call a cab. Cab companies are fully staffed during the holidays. Other options such as SoberRide® offer free rides between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the holiday season.
Remembering these tips will help you avoid a DUI arrest - and stay safe on the roads - this holiday season.
Law Offices of Thomas C. Mooney