Don’t Celebrate Memorial Day With an OWI

Memorial Day – celebrated the last Monday of May – marks the unofficial kickoff to summer. For many, it’s the first chance to get together with friends for a barbecue or other outdoor fun. These fun get togethers often involve alcohol.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times for OWI enforcement. Police officers and state troopers will look for any signs of drunk or distracted driving. The last thing you or your loved ones want is for you to spend part of Memorial Day weekend behind bars after an OWI arrest.

Keep the following tips in mind as you prepare to welcome summer with open arms.

Know Your Limits

You probably know by now whether you’re a heavyweight or a lightweight when drinking alcohol. However, if you know you will be pushing your limits, make sure you have a plan for getting home safely. Scheduling an Uber, hailing a cab, or getting a ride home with a designated driver are great options.

Know Who You Will Call

Keep the number of an OWI defense lawyer on your phone. In the event you are pulled over on suspicion of OWI, save the talking for an attorney. Anything you say – including “I only had a couple of drinks” – can and will be used against you. The best course of action is to be polite, say as little as possible, and let a proven defense attorney take care of the rest.