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Tips for avoiding drunk driving arrests this holiday season

It is almost time for the Islip Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade, Santa's arrival and Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which are all being held on Dec. 5 this year. That means that the holiday party season will be in full swing. This is the perfect time for a quick reminder about how you can avoid drunk driving charges this holiday season.

One of the most important things you can do is to plan ahead. If you know you are going to a holiday party and plan on drinking, find a designated driver or make other plans to get home. If you are worried that your plan to make it home might fall through, jot down the numbers to some local cab companies or put the numbers in your phone so you can call one of them if needed.

Another thing you can do is to cut back on the amount of alcohol that you drink. Most party hosts offer some non-alcoholic beverages. If you are going to have to drive yourself home, limiting your alcohol and eating some food can help your body to absorb a limited amount of alcohol.

Ideally, you should try to avoid driving home between midnight and 3 a.m. That time period is when the majority of drunk driving accidents occur.

In the event you do end up being charged with drunk driving, you have to take appropriate action right away. Make sure that your rights are protected and get started on your defense as soon as possible after your drunk driving arrest.

Source: 21st Century Insurance, "Holiday Party Safety Tips from 21st Century Insurance," accessed Nov. 25, 2015

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