We get it – Black Friday is a tradition. Whether you are hunting for bargains or just using the allure of cheap TVs to escape your family, you’re ready to get out in the mix and tear it up. Of course, that comes with a warning, one that is perhaps even more important given the Black Friday DUI potential that you face on the road and in the parking lots.
A Black Friday DUI is not the killer deal you’re looking for.
Remember that your need for deals, or for some family-free time is not unique. Tons of people are on the road this Friday doing exactly what you’re doing. Did you end your night with a little buzz? So did they. Did you wake up before the sun, not sure if you were okay to drive? Yep, same situation, different vehicle. Imagine how easy it is, given the celebrations, lack of downtime, sleepless nights and eagerness for deals or breathing room, to drive right into a Black Friday DUI.
What’s a driver to do?
Well, the number one tip to avoid a Black Friday DUI is to not drink if you know, or even think you’ll be driving. Save the celebratory shots for later, when you have time to plan a safe ride home. If you woke up early after a night of fun, remember that only time will metabolize alcohol, not coffee or energy drinks or your best intentions. Waiting until you are sober means you may miss a deal or two, but that you’ll also miss an arrest, possible conviction, and even more likely ignition interlock device requirement.
If you plan to drink your holiday away, stay out of the stores and off the street. A Black Friday DUI means that you had too much to drink and then chose to drive. By eliminating one or the other of those, you get to enjoy your favorite holiday traditions, whatever they may be.