If you are like many Fort Bend County residents who plan on ringing in the New Year with champagne and other celebratory adult beverages, then you will want to make sure to have a plan in place to avoid getting a DWI on your way home.

‘Plan While You Can’ campaign running through Jan. 1

The Texas Department of Transportation has been running a campaign this holiday season in effort to get drunk drivers off of the roads. The campaign, called “Plan While You Can,” will run through Jan. 1, 2016 and encourages holiday party-goers to plan a sober ride home in advance.

Part of the campaign includes an increase in DUI patrols and enforcement on the area roadways, which will mean more traffic stops and DWI arrests.

TxDOT reported that there was an 8-percent increase traffic deaths related to impaired driving last year, so authorities are doing everything in their power to identify and arrest suspected drunk drivers this year.

The easiest way to avoid a DWI is to arrange a sober ride home ahead of time, and there are plenty of ways of doing that with today’s technology. For example, you can order a taxi or Uber car to pick you up using an app on your smartphone.

Or, you can resort to more traditional means by taking public transit, asking a friend or a family member to pick you up, or spending the night at the party location.

Protecting your rights and future after being charged

Not only is it important to avoid impaired driving because it can result in a serious or fatal car accident, you also want to avoid the consequences of a DWI. Many people don’t realize just how expensive and burdensome a drunk driving conviction can be.

A DWI conviction can result in jail time, the loss of your driver’s license and increased insurance premiums, as well as the consequences stemming from a permanent criminal record. Anyone who ends up facing a DWI charge over the holiday season would benefit greatly from speaking with an experienced attorney.

While it is difficult to beat a DWI charge in Texas these days, your lawyer can help reduce the negative consequences that you may face such as a felony conviction. Read more about how an effective lawyer can help here.