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How to Avoid a Cinco de Mayo DUI Charge

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on May 05, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Cinco de Mayo may be the perfect time for a fiesta, but it certainly isn't time for driving under the influence.

So if you're going out for a few margaritas or a round of beers tonight, heed the following advice, 'cause seriously, the last thing you need is a Cinco de Mayo DUI.

First, to dispel any misinformation out there:

As long as police are conducting your local Cinco de Mayo DUI checkpoints in a reasonable manner, the Supreme Court considers them to be within the confines of the law.

And don't think you'll be able to skirt a DUI by swallowing pennies or challenging a breathalyzer test--the chances of success are virtually nil.

So how exactly do you avoid a Cinco de Mayo DUI charge?

You don't drink and drive.

Do yourself, your insurance premiums, and the public a favor and find yourself a designated driver or stay close to home.

Or, if you're a real party monster, keep a cab company on speed dial and a bit of secret cash on hand.

Better yet, take advantage of programs across the country that will be providing a complimentary "tipsy tow" or free cab rides this evening. Your local auto association or police station should have information on participating organizations.

Not convinced?

Think about what a Cinco de Mayo DUI charge will mean for you: a night of jail, a trip in front of a judge, a big fine, and loss of your driver's license for a few months.

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