Cinco de Mayo is a fun and exciting celebration of Mexican heritage and culture observed nationwide on May 5 every year. No Cinco de Mayo celebration would be complete without the traditional foods and drinks of Mexico. But while you are enjoying your enchiladas and that second (or maybe third) margarita, remember that once you get onto the road, it is a whole different atmosphere.

Holiday weekends traditionally involve a lot of parties which include drinking, and Cinco de Mayo is no different. During these holiday occasions, law enforcement ups enforcement with DUI checkpoints and increased patrols to catch drunk drivers and take them off the road. Because of this, however, law enforcement tends to be overzealous about arresting possible drunk drivers over the holidays. Just because a driver is exhibiting certain signs of intoxication does not mean that those signs were caused by imbibing alcoholic beverages. Nonetheless, in order to make sure you stay safe, healthy, and not under arrest during holidays like Cinco de Mayo, it is imperative that you follow these tips:

  1. If you plan to drink, don't drive. Take a taxi or carpool with a designated driver to your destination.
  2. If you drive to a party but have been drinking, wait until you are completely sober before attempting to drive home, call a taxi, or ask a sober driver to drop you off.
  3. If you are hosting a party where guests will be drinking, take the keys of anyone who is intoxicated and/or help them arrange for a safe ride home. Also, don't be afraid to cut someone off if they become dangerously drunk.

By following these simple rules, you can be sure to not mar the holiday fun with a Florida DUI stop or arrest. If you have been accused of DUI, however, you have the right to a proper defense. At Musca Law, our aggressive DUI defense lawyers in Florida can defend your rights against both administrative and criminal action taken against you. To speak to one of our attorneys about your situation, call us today for a confidential consultation at (888) 484-5057.