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Avoiding a Drunk Driving Arrest on St. Patrick’s Day

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San Jose drunk driving defense lawyer St. Patrick's DayWhether someone is of Irish heritage or not, St. Patrick’s Day provides a great opportunity to get together with friends and enjoy a night out on the town. However, the large number of people who consume alcohol during this holiday has resulted in a spike in drunk driving accidents and deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that between 2011 and 2015, there were 252 fatalities in car accidents involving drunk driving on St. Patrick’s Day. Due to the increased level of danger from drunk driving, police will be conducting DUI checkpoints in hopes of making arrests for driving under the influence before drivers cause dangerous accidents. 

Avoiding a DUI Arrest

People who are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day should follow these tips to avoid being arrested for drunk driving:

  • Use a designated driver. Drivers who get behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol put themselves, their passengers, other drivers, and anyone else around them at risk. It is best to always avoid drinking and driving, and having one member of a group stay sober and act as a driver will ensure that everyone remains safe.
  • Find alternate transportation. People should not attempt to drive after drinking, even if they do not believe they are intoxicated. At the end of the night, drivers should use alternate methods of getting home, such as a taxi or ride-share service, public transportation, or contacting a friend or family member. In California, AAA offers a free “Tipsy Tow” service on St. Patrick’s Day that provides drivers who have been drinking with a tow and ride home.
  • Be careful when mixing alcohol with other drugs. People who use prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, marijuana, or illicit drugs can become intoxicated after consuming even a small amount of alcohol. Drivers who use these drugs should be aware of their increased risk of impairment and avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking.
  • Watch out for others. Help keep everyone in your party safe by ensuring that they do not drive after drinking and helping them find a ride home. Be careful when walking; pedestrians who are intoxicated are at an increased risk of being hit by a vehicle, due to their difficulty noticing everything going on around them and their decreased reaction times.

Contact a San Jose DUI Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested for DUI, the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson can help you understand your options for defense and work to avoid a conviction and minimize the consequences to your life. Contact our San Jose, CA DUI defense lawyer today at 408-246-3004 to set up a free consultation.


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