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5 ways to avoid a DUI on spring break

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Criminal Defense

College students in New Hampshire and across the country are setting their books aside and heading to their favorite beaches and vacation spots for spring break. It is nice to have a reprieve away from the rigors of academia and enjoy rest, relaxation and adventure with friends and family. However, spring break is also a prime time for alcohol-related problems, such as DUI.

By making informed decisions and keeping several things in mind, students can avoid interrupting their time off with a DUI arrest and criminal charges, both of which can take a serious toll on a college career. It is also good to know that there is no shame in reaching out for support if an arrest does occur. Doing so could mean the difference between a positive outcome and one that carries negative implications far into the future.

Use these safety tips while imbibing on spring break to avoid DUI

Alcohol uniquely affects every person’s body, and here are some safety tips for anyone who imbibes:

  • Always drink lots of water while consuming alcohol, especially in hot climates because alcohol consumption plus dehydration is a recipe for disaster.
  • New environments can lower alcohol tolerance, which means intoxication may set in faster than it does in an everyday setting.
  • It is always safest to use a ride-share service or designated driver for transportation after consuming alcohol.
  • Driving impairment can occur before a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) has reached the legal limit; never assume it is safe to drive.
  • Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, etc., do nothing to lower BAC, so do not rely on these tactics to “sober up” before driving.

Even if an individual has driven to a spring break gathering, it’s better to leave a vehicle behind in favor of calling for a ride than to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

What to do if a suspected drunk driving arrest occurs

Facing DUI charges on spring break will not only ruin vacation but will have implications in the rest of the school year, as well. There could be a lot at stake, including scholarship or grant money, work-study program eligibility or even enrollment, as some schools will suspend or expel a student for a drunk driving conviction. If an arrest occurs in this state, stay calm, cooperate with the police and request immediate legal support from a New Hampshire criminal defense attorney.

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