Ohio residents who plan to celebrate the holiday season with alcoholic beverages should do so responsibly or risk facing drunk driving charges.
Once again, state law enforcement will be taking part in a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving from Dec. 12 through Jan. 1 known as the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
Officers will be out in full-force looking for drivers who could be impaired. In Ohio (and every other state), it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Because it can be very difficult to determine when you have crossed the .08 threshold, it is recommended to find a sober ride after attending any holiday celebration where you have been drinking.
Drivers who are accused of DUI face jail time, hefty fines, a driver's license suspension and many other related expenses. Some sources report that a typical DUI costs $10,000 on average.
In order to avoid a drunk driving charge over the holidays, the Ohio Department of Public Safety's "Safe Communities" Program suggests the following tips:
- Understand that even one drink could impair your driving abilities.
- Plan a sober ride ahead of time so that you aren't tempted to drive.
- Call a cab, a sober friend or a sober family member to pick you up if you have been drinking.
If there is one way to put a damper on your holiday cheer, it's by getting a DUI charge.
However, if you do end up being charged, it's important to call an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away who can protect your rights and possibly mitigate the serious consequences that you will face.