With 32.3 million people in the United States being from Irish descent, St. Patrick’s Day has become a widely celebrated holiday with parties, parades, whiskey, and green beer. A downside to the fun night of celebration, is that on St. Patrick’s Day there is an increased risk of drunk drivers on the roadway, causing the holiday to potentially become a deadly one.
Below we will look at what you should do to avoid getting a DUI and losing your pot of gold in legal fees.
Everybody Cannot be Irish; Somebody Has to Drive.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has concluded that one individual dies every 51 minutes due to drunk driving on St. Patrick’s Day. Total, 38% of drivers die in an accident on St. Patrick’s Day and roughly 32% of all fatal traffic accidents occur on this date. Between the year 2006 to 2010, approximately 700 people died on the road on St. Patrick’s Day, and DUI testing showed that the individuals involved in these accidents had a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit putting their blood alcohol level at more than 0.16. Pedestrians are also at risk of drunk driving accidents.
Do not Rely on the Luck of the Irish.
During this holiday, DUI checkpoints are likely to be set up on most roadways across the country, hoping to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads. Fortunately, avoiding a DUI is straightforward, especially if you have a clear plan in place. Here are a few tips to help you get home safely and not end up facing DUI charges, or even worse, after a night out of celebrations:
- Have a designated driver. This is one of the easiest ways to avoid a DUI charge on St. Patrick’s Day or any other day. Driving after a few drinks is never a good idea as it puts you at the risk of being arrested. Also, it increases your chances of being involved in a car accident where you can get injured or cause injuries to other people. Having one sober person who is committed to the safety of the group is the best plan.
- Call. If you notice a drunk driver on the road, do not be afraid to contact the police. Simply pull over to the side of the road and dial 911 to report the driver.
- Use Rideshare apps. If you will be out drinking for the evening, leave your car at home and use rideshare apps, such as Uber or Lyft. Although these apps can be quite expensive, they are a lot cheaper than a DUI charge.
- Seat Belt. Whatever means of transportation you choose to take, make sure to wear your seatbelt. Wearing your seat belt can be the best defense against other drivers who may have been drinking and are now on the road.
- Hosting a Party. If you are hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic drinks, plenty of food, and make sure your guests leave with a sober driver.
- Look out for those around you. Watch out for your friends and others attending the same party or event as you. Make sure no one heads out on the road while intoxicated. Call a car for anyone who seems they have had too much to drink or unable to drive.
Ironed your Four-Leaf Clover and Pressed Your Luck?
If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge because of holiday drinking, it is essential you speak with an experienced DUI criminal lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced DUI attorney will have sufficient knowledge and the right tools to sort out your situation. An attorney will work towards reducing the possible fines and jail time, and they will get you back on the road legally with your driving privileges in place.
At BOCC Law, members of our team have a multitude of experience in these types of cases, and we always put our clients and their needs first. Call our law firm today at (865) 670-8535 to schedule a consultation.