All states have laws against operating while intoxicated (OWI). It doesn’t matter when you go drinking (holiday party or not), just be cognizant of how many drinks you consume or else you could find yourself in need of attorney services in Cedar Rapids. Having a designated driver saves you time, money and lives. You should always have at least one designated driver in your holiday group or plan to take a cab home.

If you see someone about to leave a party and drive home intoxicated:, e polite but firm with the person and offer them a ride home with a designated driver. Avoid being confrontational, but work with the person’s friends in order to take away that person’s keys. When the person is not looking, take their keys. They will just assume they lost their keys and will be forced to get home another way besides driving.

If you are the designated driver and you see someone on the road who seems impaired, you should call the police and report that driver immediately. Make sure you give the make, model, and license plate number on the car. Some things to look out for are:

  • Weaving in and out of lanes
  • Driving with windows rolled down in cold weather
  • Passing other cars on the road dangerously
  • Straddling the centerline of the road
  • Making wide turns
  • Driving slowly
  • Tailgating other drivers
  • Forgetting to turn on headlights

What Do You Do While You Are On the Road With An Impaired Driver:

  • Do not attempt to personally stop this driver
  • Give yourself plenty of distance between you and the driver who is driving erratically
  • Just get completely out of way if you need to
  • Don’t ever try to pass a driver in this condition; it may be too dangerous
  • If a car is coming head-on towards you, move to over to the shoulder, stop, honk your horn and blink lights

We wish you happy holidays, and a safe drive home from any holiday festivities you happen to be celebrating.