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With the arrival of spring and a number of events and holidays, such as spring break, more people are expected to be on the roads in Virginia. Some of these drivers may be intoxicated while driving. However, there are a number of steps people can take to make sure that they and their friends are not impaired while behind the wheel.

One of the simplest and most effective steps is simply to not drink. People who are planning to go out with their friends could decide that they will not consume alcohol so that they will be the sober person in the group and able to serve as the designated driver.

If someone does consume alcohol, they should refrain from driving. This applies even if the amount of alcohol consumed is small. It’s important to note that a small amount can impair a person’s ability to drive responsibly.

Another way to keep the road safe is for people to park their vehicles. There are many transportation options, such as taxicabs, at spring break destinations. People can enjoy spending time with their friends while not having to worry about what they should do if they are too intoxicated to drive.

Arranging how to get back home before leaving can also be helpful. People who know beforehand that they will be drinking can arrange an exit plan that does not require them to have to drive back home.

Drunk driving arrests may increase during spring break. However, an attorney who practices criminal law could suggest certain legal options to someone who is facing a DUI charge. The attorney may consider the factors of a case and negotiate to have the charges reduced or dropped.