This holiday season, Rhode Island State Police will be out in full force
this holiday season in search of drunk drivers. Known as the Rhode Island
DUI Task Force, this group is comprised of members of the state’s
39 police departments and state troopers. The holidays typically spark
a noticeable increase in the number of drunk drivers on the roads, prompting
an increased response from state officials. This task force has had a
history of activity over holiday weekends such as Labor Day and Fourth
of July, setting up sobriety checkpoints and making random stops.
How to Avoid a Holiday DUI
There are several things you can do to reduce your chances of being charged
with a DUI this holiday season. The best and most effective way is to
simply refrain from drinking and driving. If you plan on going out and
drinking, make sure you have an alternate means of getting home. Bring
a designated driver, call a taxi, or take a train home if you can.
If you have no way of getting home safely, simply stay where you are until
you have sobered up enough to drive. Keeping your blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) under control is crucial, as any driver operating a vehicle with
a BAC of 0.08% or higher can be charged with DUI.
Ways to Control Your BAC
While it is not recommmended that you drive with alcohol in your system
under any circumstances, you can reduce your chances of being charged
with a DUI by taking certain steps to regulate your BAC.
The following methods can all be effective in keeping your BAC down:
- Eating plenty of food while drinking
- Refraining from chugging your drinks
- Drinking one glass of water for every drink
- Waiting a considerable amount of time after drinking
It is imperative to note, however, that these methods are not absolute
and that every person reacts to alcohol differently. Your BAC will be
influenced by your weight, gender, and rate of consumption. Commercially
sold breathalyzers can be useful, though they should not be used as your
sole method of determining sobriety. If a state trooper smells alcohol
on your breath, you could find yourself in cuffs.
Arrested for DUI? Call (401) 354-2255
If you should be arrested for DUI this holiday season, Attorney Jason Knight
can provide a hard-hitting defense of your charges and maximize your chances
of securing a desirable outcome for your case. Having served as a
Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer for more than 10 years, he can use his invaluable experience to craft
a custom-tailored defense aimed at securing a dismissal or reduction of
your charges.To get started,
contact his office online or
request a complimentary consultation today!