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Rhode Island DUI Task Force to Crack Down This Holiday

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!