Know some points about holiday drinking and driving

Drunk driving is a factor in 57 percent of fatal accidents on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. This is a factor in 52 percent of fatal accidents on Christmas Day. In each of these cases, a family has to deal with the death of a loved one that could have been prevented. This is one of the reasons for drunk driving laws.

If you plan on drinking at a family event or a party this holiday season, you can save yourself some trouble by finding a designated driver or another safe way to get home. You might end up getting pulled over and have to face drunk driving charges if you choose to drive drunk.

In the event you decide that you are going to drink at the party, follow the rule that allows for one drink per hour. You will need to eat each hour with your drink. It takes time for alcohol to metabolize in your system. By following the one-drink-per-hour rule, you are giving your body a chance to process the alcohol so that you aren't overloading your system all at once.

If you do try to dive home after drinking, you might be involved in an accident. In this case, your insurance company might say that you are on the hook for any repairs and damages associated with the accident. On top of this, you might also face criminal charges.

Knowing what options you have to fight against the drunk driving charge is crucial. While you might still have to deal with some penalties, there is a chance you could minimize those. Carefully consider each option you have before making a decision.

Source: Addiction Intervention, "Drinking and Driving Rises During the Holidays," accessed Dec. 16, 2016

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