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Take steps to avoid a drunk driving charge this Thanksgiving

You've no doubt heard of Black Friday, but are you familiar with Blackout Wednesday?

The night before Thanksgiving has become an American tradition all its own, with supersized parties taking place in bars all across the country. In many places, the annual event known as "Drinksgiving" actually surpasses other notable drinking days like St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve. Celebrants are usually in high spirits since they don't have to worry about going in to work the next day -- and many have a long weekend. A lot of younger people simply want to gather with their friends and family members and have a good time.

It's important not to let that good time turn into a disaster, however. A drunk driving charge can wreck your holiday weekend -- and cause you significant problems far into the future.

Here's how to avoid the issue:

1. Don't drink and drive.

This should go without saying, but every year people make the same sort of mistakes that others have made in years before. You need to remember that consuming any alcohol -- even just one or two beers -- before you drive leaves the door open to a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Use a designated driver for your night out. If you don't have a designated driver, take an Uber, Lyft or a cab.

2. Know the checkpoints.

The police are quite aware of Black Wednesday's reputation. Keep yourself off their radar by staying aware of the local DWI checkpoints and taking an alternate route.

3. Watch your medication.

Alcohol isn't the only thing that can land you in trouble. Prescription and non-prescription medications alike can make a driver seem intoxicated. If you're taking anything at all for a cold, anxiety or pain, keep in mind that medications for those types of conditions can alter your reflexes and impair your ability to drive.

If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, stay calm and collected. Don't give the officer anything to work with, including information about where you've been. An experienced DWI attorney can protect your rights and make sure that you're treated fairly if you are charged with DWI.

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