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3 tips for a safer, DUI-free 4th of July

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and, as such, it's a good time to talk about what you can do to stay safe. Obviously, no one wants to end up in a collision, and you likely don't want to drive while intoxicated. Planning ahead is essential, since alcohol is a common part of the festivities.

So, what can you do to be sure you won't facing charges and cause stress to yourself and family members? Get ready to avoid a DUI with these tips.

1. Prepare for a ride ahead of time

If you plan to drink while you're out on the Fourth of July, it's wise to download ride-sharing apps or to keep phone numbers close at hand. These services tend to be cheaper than taking a taxi and come on demand. Backup plans, like calling a friend for a ride, grabbing a ride on the last bus home at night or calling a taxi service, will also help you get where you're going safely.

2. Keep a designated driver with you

If you or someone else is designated as the driver that evening, make sure that he or she does not drink alcohol. This person is responsible for getting everyone home safe, so he or she should be someone who doesn't plan on drinking. It's a good idea to choose someone who doesn't like to drink or who isn't old enough to drink to make sure there are no conflicts of interest throughout the celebration.

3. Don't drink while you're partying

While it may not seem as fun, not drinking is a good way to prevent a drunk driving accident or charges for a DUI. The only way to guarantee that you won't have any alcohol in your system when you drive is to avoid drinking completely. If you must drink, make sure there's enough time between your last drink and when you have to drive to sober up. You can check that you're sober by using a Breathalyzer test. These are typically pocket-sized, so they're small enough to carry with you and use before you start up your vehicle.

With these tips, you can stay safer on the Fourth of July. Avoiding drinking, having a designated driver or using a ride share service could help you avoid causing or being involved in a drink driving crash, or being pulled over and charged with a DUI.

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