This weekend, the Queen City will be buzzing with the excitement of the NBA all star weekend. Along with the fun events like the dunk contest, there will be parties throughout the city. So, while you want to enjoy all the fun, it’s also important to keep our all-star weekend safety tips in mind. An event like this brings in thousands of people into our city looking for a good time. Don’t spoil your good time with a DUI…
All-Star Weekend Safety Tips: Avoiding DUI
Save the Drive, Take the Light Rail
First on the list of all-star weekend safety tips is to stay off of the road as much as possible. For one thing, there will be thousands of people in town for the game. Therefore, traffic will be far worse than normal, with many people that aren’t familiar with the roads of the city. In addition, many people will be drinking–at all hours of the day. Bars will most likely become crowded the moment they open. Which means there will be a huge increase drinking and driving cases. Since law enforcement knows this, there will also be an increase in officers on the road. Therefore, it’s best to just stay off of the roads whenever possible.
Instead of driving, opt for the light rail. Just remember than many new people will be in town and most people will have the same idea. Therefore, the increase of traffic on the rail can always make it more dangerous. So, to practice all-star weekend safety, always make sure to ride with a buddy–preferably one that is sober.
Plan a DD
If you decide not to take the light rail, it’s important to plan a designated driver. Be sure to do this ahead of time and to choose someone you can trust. Most people will want to drink, especially once they get to a bar or the all star weekend event. So, make sure that your DD is trust worthy and won’t begin drinking once they get out. In addition, make sure they are actually a good driver. With so many people on the roads who won’t be practicing all star-weekend safety precautions, it’s good to have a defensive driver behind the wheel.
If you decide to go with a ride service, understand that these driver will be in high demand. Therefore, you may have to pay a lot more than you would in other weekend. In addition, the wait time may also be longer. So, keep this in mind when deciding on your DD for the night.
In short, many people will be ready to party this weekend. So, there will be a huge increase in drinking and driving accidents and DWI charges. Therefore, while you want to have fun, it’s important to practice all-star weekend safety.