The holidays are full of opportunities to get together with family, friends, and co-workers to have a great time. Holiday parties, family dinners, and other such activities are a great way to reconnect with everyone, reflect on the year that is wrapping up, and look forward to the promise of a new year. It is common to enjoy a drink or two at events like this, and there is nothing wrong with that. What you want to avoid, however, is driving under the influence. In Iowa, an OWI is a serious offense that can cost you big time. Not only that, but you will be putting yourself and others in danger. Law enforcement knows that this is a high risk time for drunk drivers, and they routinely beef up their patrols around the holidays. Here are some tips for avoiding an OWI this holiday season.

Utilize a driving service

Nowadays, there are a number of great driving services available for extremely reasonable prices. Even the most expensive taxi, Uber, or Lyft ride will be far cheaper than the costs associated with an OWI.

Consider a designated driver

If you know that you are going to be drinking this holiday season, consider designating a sober driver. A designated driver is a great way to ensure that you have a safe and reliable way home at the end of a long night of drinking. Make sure that your designated driver fully understands the commitment they are making at the beginning of the night, and always have a backup plan in case they are not able to follow through for whatever reason. If you and your spouse will be attending a high number of holiday events, consider switching off so that you each have a turn being the designated driver.

Get a hotel room

Sure, a last minute hotel room might be expensive. But it is nothing compared to the costs, both financial and otherwise, that you will incur if you are pulled over while under the influence. An OWI will cost you thousands of dollars in fines and increased insurance premiums. Furthermore, that is nothing compared to losing your authorization to operate a vehicle, and the jail time you will face. Be careful when you are checking out to be sure that you are fully sober. The effects of a heavy night of drinking can still be present the morning after, especially if you drank a large amount, and were drinking late into the night. Many hotels offer late checkout. The extra few hours can really make a big difference.

As you can see, there are a wide variety of options to help you avoid driving after you’ve had a few drinks. Utilizing any of these is far better than facing the risk of getting behind the wheel while you are under the influence. If you face an OWI this holiday season, contact us for attorney services in Cedar Rapids. We have the knowledge and experience to aggressively defend your case in court. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you in the event of an OWI charge.