The season for celebrations has arrived! Everything from graduation, prom, weddings and a variety of festivals will fill many summer calendars. Unfortunately, along with these celebrations comes the possibility of DUIs and drunk driving accidents. With a bit of planning ahead, you can safely enjoy the festivities and avoid ending the evening behind bars.
Taking a proactive approach to avoid drunk driving now can help you ensure that you arrive home safely.
Warning to underage drinkers
The first thing to remember is that the rules must be followed. If you are under the age of 21 you are not permitted to drink. The state of Illinois takes a tough stance against underage drinking with its “Use It and Lose It” program. Penalties for first-time offenders include a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in jail. One can of beer is enough to cause you to lose your license for a period of three months. The suspension remains on your public record during that time and will only be removed if there are no further violations on your part.
Tips for safe celebrating
For adults ages 21 and up, making a plan for safe transportation if you plan to drink is the key to ensuring that you get home safely after a night of celebrating. Hire a driver via Uber or Lyft to transport you around for the evening.
If you see someone who is obviously drunk trying to get behind the wheel, take away their keys and call a driver for them.
What if I get a DUI?
If you get a DUI on the way home from a summer celebration contact an experienced legal guide to discuss your options.