The Fourth of July weekend is quickly approaching, bringing with it the standard barbecues, pool parties, fireworks shows, and family gatherings. All these events are tons of fun but can easily lead to overindulging in alcohol. Law enforcement is very aware of this trend; that’s why this weekend is one of the biggest for DUI arrests all year. In Colorado over the past five years, the Fourth of July weekend has brought in several hundred DUI arrests each year. Fortunately, there are steps you can take now to prevent a run-in with the law over the holiday weekend. A DUI can negatively impact your life in many ways; plan ahead now and prevent an unexpected arrest from complicating your future.
Plan for a sober ride
Denver has plenty of options for making sure you have a safe ride when you’ve been drinking: Designate a driver. Enlist a friend or family member to stay sober and be responsible for driving. A great option over the long weekend is to switch off days for designated driver duty. Use Uber. Uber is convenient and easily accessible; a great option for getting around safely during the holiday weekend and any time. Download the Uber app to your phone (it’s available for download on iOS, Android, and Windows phones), or access the mobile site at m.uber.com. Call a cab. If you don’t have a smartphone or simply prefer to use a taxi service, keep the taxi company’s information in your phone’s contacts. Use the RTD Transit System. Denver has an extensive public transportation system, including the RTD A and B Commuter Lines, the light rail, several bus routes, and the free MetroRide and MallRide shuttles. Hop onto https://www.rtd-denver.com/Schedules.shtml to plan your weekend’s safe transportation.
Book a hotel room
If you’re planning to stay far from home, it makes sense to book an inexpensive hotel. You can park your car there, then use public transportation to get around throughout the evening and drive home the next day once you’re fully sober. This way, you can save on expensive cab fare and have a guaranteed place to crash if you’ve had too much to sort out details later.
Look out for your friends
If you’re with someone who’s been drinking, make sure they’re not getting behind the wheel. Take their keys if necessary and help them arrange a safe ride home.
Driving under the influence puts everyone at risk. It’s dangerous for every other driver (and passenger) on the road when you get behind the wheel after drinking. Be smart, be responsible, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend! And if you do find yourself in need of a bail bondsman after celebrating a little too much, give us a call. We’ll work hard to get you out of jail and back home with your loved ones as quickly and seamlessly as possible.