Let’s face it: nobody wants to be the party-ruining “nag” who reminds everyone not to drive or to accept a ride from anyone who isn’t sober. But when you invite friends, family, and other loved ones over for a party, your actions can mean the difference between one of the people you care about staying safe, or facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
If you’re throwing a party, here are just a few of the steps you can take to help your partygoers avoid a drunk driving charge in New Hampshire:
- Don’t let friends drive drunk. If you suspect a visitor cannot safely drive, take his or her keys away. You may want to set up a central â€œkey depository,â€ such as a bowl by the front door, for everyone to put their car keys in as they arrive. Don’t give the keys back unless you’re convinced the person can safely drive or you know the person is going home with a sober driver.
- Designate drivers beforehand. Remind guests to pick a sober â€œdesignated driverâ€ or another way to get home that doesn’t require them to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking. Keep the numbers of local cab companies or other transportation handy in case a guest needs a safe ride home.
- Provide non-alcoholic drinks and activities. Throw a party that’s fun to attend whether your guests decide to drink or not. Providing plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, food, and entertainment takes the pressure off to drink – or to drink too much – and allows your guests to have a great time and still make it home sober.
- Provide a place to crash. If you can, give guests who have been drinking the option to spend the night instead of trying to drive.
At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our experienced Manchester drunk driving defense lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of those who are charged with drunk driving in New Hampshire. To learn more about your legal rights and options after a DUI arrest, call us today at (603) 624-3700. The initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.