7 Reasons to Add “Do Not Drink and Drive” to Your List of New Year’s Resolutions

The holidays are in full swing and another year is almost complete. This means that soon we will ringing in another new year! For many people, the start of the New Year means the time honored tradition of a making New Year’s resolutions. Popular choices for resolutions include: losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money and joining a gym. While these can be great choices, everyone should strongly consider adding “do not drink and drive” to his or her list as well.  If you need convincing, here are seven reasons why you should not drink and drive in 2015:

  • Makes you a dangerous driver: Alcohol as you may know is a depressant. This means that alcohol can interfere with your ability to drive. Even just one drink can slow down your reaction time and interfere with your judgment. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol will react slower and possibly not in time to avoid a road hazard that a sober drive would be able to avoid. Alcohol also has a tendency to make people overconfident, which can not only put a driver in danger behind the wheel, but anyone else on the road as well.
  • Criminal charges: Drunk driving is a serious offense and as such, severe consequences can result even if it a motorist’s first offense. In Dallas, a first offense DWI carries a fine of up to $2,000 and 72 hours to 180 days in jail. If found guilty, the person will also have a criminal record. Once a person has a criminal record, he or she may be excluded from certain job opportunities.
  • Expensive: A DWI not only comes with fines, it also will cost thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees, court costs, and fees to retain your driver’s license. Once you have a DWI on your record, your car insurance premiums may also increase dramatically.
  • Loss of driver’s license: Motorists who are found guilty of DWI will typically lose their driving privileges for up to one year. For many people, loss of their driving privileges impacts every facet of their life. Especially if they do not live in an area where they can rely on public transportation.
  • Loss of job: For some people, the loss of driver’s license or the fact that they now have a criminal record can negatively impact their job and could result in the total loss of their employment. For example, professional drivers, such as truckers, stand a good chance of losing their commercial licenses if convicted of a DWI.
  • Loss of scholarship/financial aid: In some cases a criminal record can exclude a student from receiving scholarship funds or even financial aid.
  • A lifetime of guilt: When a motorist is driving under the influence of alcohol, he or she not only jeopardizes his or her own safety, but also that of his or her passengers, fellow motorists, and even pedestrians. You do not want to live with a lifetime of guilt, knowing that your decision to drink and drive, seriously injured or killed another person.

Choosing to drink and drive is a bad idea. However, if you were arrested and charged with a DWI the first you need to do is to speak with an experienced Dallas County DWI Defense Attorney. Do not make the mistake to hire just any attorney. DWI is a serious offense and you need a skilled DWI Defense Attorney who will carefully review the facts of your case and determine what defenses you may have to the charges. For more than 30 years, Attorney Jack Pettit has provided aggressive representation for clients in Dallas and throughout Dallas County. As a former prosecutor, Jack Pettit knows how to fight a DWI charge. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call the Law Offices of Jack Pettit today at (214) 521-4567. Our office provides services to clients in both English and Spanish. Major credit cards are accepted as well.

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