Cinco de Mayo is a fun holiday full of celebrations, parties and often, alcohol. If you plan to partake in the beer and margaritas that are present at most Cinco de Mayo festivities, keep these five simple tips in mind to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe this year.
1. Have a Designated Driver
This tip should be a no-brainer. Drinking and driving is never a good mix. If none of your friends want to stay sober for the day, you still have plenty of options. It might be a good idea to save a few local taxi service numbers into your phone, or you may even want to download the Uber app ahead of time for a more affordable ride home.
Public transit is also a great alternative, especially if you will be traveling with a group of friends. As a last resort, you can also check with your local police department prior to the festivities. Often, local precincts will gladly pick you up and escort you home if you have no other options.
If you get stuck with the task of staying sober, you should check out the DDVIP app. The app incentivizes the often-hated task of designated driver with coupon codes and DD-only discounts at local stores and restaurants. You can even share this news with your friends to encourage more of them to become designated drivers.
2. Stay At a Nearby Hotel
If you don’t want the hassle of setting up a safe ride home, you can always check to see if there are hotels or motels within walking distance of your party. This way, you can have a quiet, comfortable space to come back to after the celebration is over. Plus, a free continental breakfast is a great hangover cure.
Alternatively, your host may have a spare bed or sofa for you to sleep on. It never hurts to ask, especially if you don’t have easy access to a ride home.
3. Be Mindful Of The Time Of Day
Even if you are not drinking or partying hard this Cinco de Mayo, you should still be mindful of when you go out. Unfortunately, not every intoxicated person in Los Angeles is going to be responsible enough to let someone else drive them home, so it is important for drivers to stay vigilant.
Keep in mind that most celebrating begins early in the day, which means that by late afternoon or early evening, you may encounter some sloppy drivers. If you must go out, use extra caution. However, if it is possible for you to stay at home, especially if you have children, that might be the safest plan of action.
If you are out and happen to encounter a drunken driver, LAPD encourages you to call 911 to report the incident and keep other drivers safe.
4. Know Your Limit
Polls show that more people drink on Cinco de Mayo than any other day, including Superbowl Sunday and St. Patrick’s Day. For this reason, it is critical for you to establish a limit for yourself. More than likely, you know when you have had enough to drink. Getting too drunk is a quick way to put yourself and others at risk.
Remember, the blood alcohol concentration limit for California is 0.08 percent for those of legal drinking age. There are plenty of sobering statistics about alcohol-related fatalities on Cinco de Mayo. Don’t become a statistic by getting behind the wheel drunk.
5. Plan a Family-Friendly Fiesta
Who says you need tequila to have a great Cinco de Mayo? You can always plan your own, alcohol-free party with virgin pina coladas, frozen margaritas and Bloody Marys. You can also look up other fun Mexican food and drink recipes, like horchata, Mexican drinking chocolate and chorizo con arroz. If you want to go all-out, you can even get a pinata and fill it with Mexican treats or other goodies to entice your friends to play along.
Cinco de Mayo should be a day filled with food, fun and friends. Whether you decide to drink or stay sober, be sure to follow these five tips to stay safe.