The 4th of July holiday is right around the corner which means plans are already in the works for barbecue and swimming pool parties, fireworks, concerts and other types of gatherings and celebrations. Alcohol will, of course, be consumed at many of these celebrations and as our DWI attorneys know, unfortunately, this will lead to higher numbers of drunk drivers on the road, automobile accidents, and DWI arrests.
Drunk drivers put others at risk for serious injuries and death including their passengers, other vehicle passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, but increased law enforcement presence will help to reduce some of these potential injuries. As is typical over one of the deadliest holidays each year, local police will be out over the holiday doing their best to keep drunk drivers off of the streets.
Holiday Drunk Driving Arrests
As ABC13 recently reported, there were over 134 arrests in Houston over this past Easter holiday weekend and even more over Memorial Day weekend with 245 arrests. The police officers on duty over the 4th of July weekend will be targeting drunk drivers and making arrests so that they do not hurt themselves or others. Drunk driving and the risk of DWI can be avoided, however, and it only takes a little responsibility and planning to make sure that you do not become one of the DWI statistics over the upcoming holiday.
Tips To Avoid A 4th Of July DWI
See below for tips to eliminate the risk of a 4th of July DWI while you are out celebrating with friends and family.
- Be a sober driver. This can mean abstaining from alcohol completely or drinking alcohol responsibly by limiting your intake so that your BAC is under the .08 legal limit.
- Enlist a sober driver. If limiting your intake or skipping alcohol isn’t your idea of holiday fun, arrange to have a sober ride such as a friend you are celebrating with who will not be drinking or a roommate/significant other who is staying home and does not mind picking you up.
- Do not drink if you are under 21 and driving. In Texas, any amount of alcohol in a minor driver’s system, regardless of how much, can lead to a DWI because Texas has a zero tolerance policy for minors when it comes to drinking and driving.
- Hire a driver. In 2019, transportation options are almost unlimited at any time of the day or night thanks to city buses, taxicabs, car services, and rideshares such as Uber and Lyft.
- Walk to the party. Plan to celebrate close to home so that you can walk to and from your destination.
- Get a hotel room. Make a night of it and book a hotel room within walking distance of the festivities.
- Be a party host. If you host a 4th of July party, you may have a mess to clean up afterward, but you do not have to worry about driving yourself home.
- Avoid all other substances that impair your faculties. DWI is not limited to drunk driving. Under Texas law, drivers with impaired faculties due to drugs or alcohol may be charged with driving while intoxicated.
Other Criminal Charges
DWI is a serious criminal offense that may lead to severe consequences, especially if there have been prior DWI convictions. Depending on the circumstances, other criminal charges may be brought in addition to DWI charges as well.
For example, when a minor is arrested for DWI, parents or other adult alcohol providers may be hit with criminal charges. Driving while intoxicated with a minor passenger in the vehicle may also lead to additional charges of child endangerment. And a DWI accident that leads to an innocent person’s death may result in a manslaughter charge.
Criminal Defense Attorney
When facing DWI charges, it is critical to find an experienced criminal defense attorney who is an expert in Texas criminal law. The consequences of criminal convictions can impact your life in many ways, including employment limitations, loss of driving privileges, jail time, and steep fines. If you have been charged with a DWI or other criminal charges, contact our criminal defense attorneys at Vinas & Graham, PLLC.
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