As the summer enters its midpoint and kids head back to school at the end of the month, people start looking forward to the long Labor Day weekend. Before you pull out of the driveway, you need to make sure that you are ready to drive. Facing criminal charges is certain to put a damper on your fun!

There are several different incidents that can lead to criminal charges while you are on the road. Here are a few to think about:

Avoid drunk driving

If the Labor Day parties you are going to attend will include alcohol, make plans in advance to get home or to your destination safely. On holiday weekends, police officers are going to be on the lookout for signs of drunk driving. Never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. It is easy to think that you aren’t as impaired as you truly are. Imagine how bad the situation would be if you were pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving and then found out that you were actually over the legal limit to drive.

Remain alert

Distracted and fatigued driving are huge problems on the roads. With the increase in traffic over the long weekend, every driver must ensure that they are mentally and physically prepared to drive. If you are tired or need to make a phone call or text, get off the road. You can face criminal charges if you are breaking any traffic laws while you drive. Remember, Texas does have laws against cellphone use while driving.

Stay calm while driving

Another issue that sometimes occurs when there are a lot of drivers on the road is road rage. These incidents can lead to criminal charges if they turn physical. Even when other drivers are being aggressive or making bad decisions while driving, you should try to keep your cool. Let them deal with the consequences of their driving choices. One thing that often leads to road rage is trying to rush, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

If anything does lead to criminal charges for you this weekend, due to drinking and driving, take immediate action to address these charges. There is a lot at stake and you need to defend yourself properly to mitigate the ripple effect of damages an accusation will cause.