One of the unfortunate side effects of Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general in the United States is that the time period typically sees an increase in the amount of driving under the influence (DUI) incidents. As such, police around the country increase drunk driving patrols and sobriety checkpoints at the end of every year, especially in the several days surrounding each holiday.
The holidays are a time for everyone to enjoy, and many festivities often have alcohol present in some manner. However, when such events lead to excess drinking, both physical and mental impairment can lead to poor choices including driving under the influence of alcohol. As such, all celebrators this Thanksgiving should follow a few rules when it comes to holiday festivities in order to avoid driving drunk and the consequences that follow.
- Understand How Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Affects You – Even before reaching the legal limit of .08% BAC, alcohol can severely impact a person’s ability to drive. At .02% BAC, one can begin to lose visual functions and the ability to have divided attention. At .05% BAC, one may lose coordination and the ability to properly steer or respond to emergency situations. Higher BAC results in severe limitations to driving and dangerous actions while on the road.
- Appoint a Designated Driver – If you know that you will be drinking, appoint a friend or family member to be in charge of driving and also preventing others from driving who may be drinking. Make sure he or she is responsible and will not drink as well.
- Prevent Yourself from Driving – Prior to drinking, if you know or suspect that you will become intoxicated, give your keys to someone you know, or prevent yourself from driving later. This will keep you from making poor decisions when intoxicated.
- Know Your Limit – Everyone has a different tolerance for alcohol, depending on their body type and weight. Understand how various types of alcoholic beverages increase your level of intoxication and how many drinks it will take before you feel the effects.
Above all, the best precaution is to limit one’s alcohol intake and wait until all effects wear off before driving. Any form of drunk driving could lead to serious accidents, hefty penalties and even death.
Drunk driving charges can result in serious consequences, including major fines, imprisonment, and loss of driving privileges. As such, it is important to have quality legal representation on your side if charged with these crimes. The drunk driving defense lawyers in Maryland with Alpert Schreyer can help defend you or your loved one from severe punishments for DUI charges. Contact our Maryland offices today for a free consultation at (866) 444-6363.