During the summer months, it’s wonderful to get together with friends for a backyard BBQ or a pool party and having a few drinks. It’s always important to remember that drinking responsibly should also be part of the fun.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent your friends or even yourself from getting a DUI/OVI this summer.
- The first responsible rule of drinking should be, don’t drive. In Ohio, in 2020, there were 685 fatalities involving Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI). An OVI conviction can be more than just financially costly. It could cost you your job or even custody of your children. The stakes are too high when operating a vehicle impaired. Just don’t do it, and don’t let your friends do it either. If you’re hosting, offer to call Ubers/Lyfts/cabs for intoxicated guests, and don’t be afraid to ask your guests to hand over their keys.
- Provide options: Be sure you include non-alcoholic beverage choices. Offer guests who appear to be over-imbibing a bottle of water. Make sure to have food since this helps the body absorb and digest alcohol.
- Communicate: Be sure your guests know before they begin drinking what the expectations are and that you will not tolerate intoxicated driving. Ask your guests how they intend to get home safely and look out for one another.
A DUI conviction on your record can have a lasting damaging impact on your life. It could result in jail time, fines, the loss of your job, increased insurance rates, as well as many other hardships. Be safe this summer. If you choose to drink, commit to finding a safe alternate way home and don’t let others drink and drive.
Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation if you have recently been charged with a DUI or OVI and need immediate legal representation in the Akron, Canton, or Summit county area. Our Akron criminal and traffic law attorneys will work with you to address your specific situation and come to the best possible resolution in your criminal or traffic allegation. Please call our office at 330-922-4491 or fill out our contact form.