Tips to avoid a DUI in D.C.

This content is sponsored by District Department of Transportation

Who doesn’t love a holiday party or a night out on the town in D.C.? The holidays are a festive time for many people filled with parties and celebrating. Many times celebrations end in too much alcohol consumption by party-goers. Drinking and driving crashes make up nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. There is an uptick in impaired driving crashes in December each year. In fact, during a five-year period, nearly 4,000 people died in impaired driving crashes during December.

Planning ahead is always a good idea when it comes to going out and celebrating. Make a plan of how you will get home or where you will stay. Be honest with yourself about how much you have had to drink and don’t get in the car with a person who is impaired.

Here are some ways to avoid getting a D.U.I this holiday season.

  1. Always designate a sober driver before you go out – Make sure you plan who will be driving you and your friends home before you go out. The designated driver should make a promise to not consume any alcohol or drugs during the evening. Give the designated driver the keys to the vehicle before the drinking begins.
  2. Take public transportation – The Metro and Metrobus are good alternatives to getting around the District instead of driving. Metro revised its hours this past Summer to offer later hours. Metro runs until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Check for Metro and Metrobus  stations, schedules and routes.
  3. SoberRide – Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s Holiday SoberRide program partnered with Lyft again this holiday season to offer free rides. SoberRide will be offered nightly between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. from Dec. 15th until Jan. 1. To use this service download the Lyft app to you phone and enter the promo code. During this campaign, there will be three different single use promo codes issued. Each code will be valid for up to $15 off one ride taken in Lyft’s Washington, D.C. Promo codes will be posted at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15th 23rd and Dec. 31st on
  4. Uber and Lyft – Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are good alternatives to driving while impaired. Using both services is easy and hassle free. Just download the app and get started. A ride can be at your pick up place in minutes.
  5. Taxi – Calling a taxi or hailing a taxi is another way to make sure you and your friends get home safely after a night of drinking.
  6. Hotel – Plan ahead and book a hotel room before you go out. This way you do not need to worry about how many drinks you have and who is driving you home. Do a little research online and you can probably find some good deals on hotels last minute.

The District Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police Department are working diligently to decrease the number of impaired driving fatalities to zero – the goal of D.C.’s Vision Zero initiative. D.C. police officers will be out this holiday season arresting drunk and drugged drivers.

Getting a D.U.I.  – or even worse injuring or killing yourself or someone else in a drunk driving crash  – can be avoided. Be safe this holiday season.

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