The holidays have come and gone, but there are still reasons to go out and celebrate with your friends or family. A special achievement, an anniversary, a birthday or just wanting to go out and have fun are all reasons you might go to a bar or a party. However, it is important for you and other Virginia residents to understand that when there is alcohol, there is also the chance of getting a DUI.

Fortunately, you can still have a good time and make it home safely with your record intact. Here are some of the best ways to avoid getting arrested for drunk driving, provided by State Farm:

  • Have a sober designated driver take you and your friends to the festivities. This might be someone who does not drink, or you and your friends might take turns. The designated driver should be able to give everyone a safe ride home.
  • Try to avoid getting overly intoxicated. Too much alcohol can impair your judgment or leave you vulnerable to being victimized.
  • Call a taxi, a ride-sharing service or someone from home to pick you up if you do not have a designated driver.
  • Consider alternating your nights out with nights in at home, where you do not have to drive after drinking. If you are hosting a party, be sure to provide non-alcoholic beverages and arrange sober rides home for those who should not be driving. Never serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.

These simple choices might significantly reduce your chances of getting a DUI. However, there is no guarantee that you will not get arrested after drinking. This information should not replace the advice of a lawyer.