A Dallas County DWI Could Have Your Irish Eyes Crying, Not Smiling this St. Patrick’s Day

Unlike Thanksgiving and Labor Day, most folks still have to go to work on March 17th. However, that does not take anything away from this well-beloved holiday. St. Patrick’s Day influences even the non-Irish to put on a little green and be Irish for the day. While this holiday means a good time for most people, it can have some people crying the next day.

Historically, St. Patrick’s Day was considered a religious holiday where drinking was not allowed. Over the years, things changed. However, in the United States, each year too many individuals choose to drink and tend to overdo it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who binge drink are 14 times more likely to be charged with drunk driving. While drinking and driving is never a good combination, on St. Patrick’s Day the statistics speak for themselves:

  • 276 lives were lost on St. Patrick’s Day alone from drunk driving between 2009 and 2013
  • 31 people were killed in St. Patrick’s Day drunk driving crashes in 2013
  • 2 of every 5 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day involved a drunk driver
  • 55% of crashes between the hours of midnight and 5:59 a.m. on March 18, 2013 involved a drunk driver

If those statistics are not enough to convince you not to drink and drive this St. Patrick’s Day, consider the following potential consequences of a DWI:

  • Increased insurance premiums;
  • Loss of driving privileges;
  • Criminal record;
  • Time spent in jail;
  • Attorney’s fees;
  • Court costs & fines;
  • Total your car in a crash;
  • Loss of employment for employers that require employees to have a clean driving record or criminal record;
  • Injure yourself or others in a car crash;
  • Kill yourself or others in a car crash;
  • Financial ruin due to personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit; and
  • Family/emotional strain due to the above.

The best advice to avoid a DWI this St. Patrick’s Day is to be smart. If you plan to drink this holiday, do not drive. If you plan to drive, do not drink. It is as simple as that. If you do plan to drink plan for a safe way to get home. Many cities and towns throughout Texas offer sober ride programs on St. Patrick’s Day. If you cannot find such a program, you can always call a cab. Remember being safe and DWI free this holiday is all about planning and nothing to do with luck.

Even if you choose not to drink this St. Patrick’s Day there are plenty of festive activities to do. For area residents, be sure to check out the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival—a Dallas tradition for more than 30 years. As a sober driver, you could also be someone’s lucky charm this St. Patrick’s Day. Serve as a designated driver for friends or family wishing to drink or take the keys away from a driver who has been drinking and should not be driving.

Being arrested and charged with drunk driving is not a way to celebrate any holiday. That is why it is important to meet with an experienced Dallas County DWI Defense Attorney as soon as possible. Only a veteran DWI Defense Attorney can investigate the charges against you and challenge any mistakes made. Attorney Jack Pettit has provided aggressive representation for clients in Dallas and throughout Dallas County for more than 30 years. As a former prosecutor, Jack Pettit understands what it takes to fight DWI charges. Call the Law Offices of Jack Pettit today at (214) 521-4567 to schedule a free consultation. Our office provides services to clients in both English and Spanish. Major credit cards are accepted as well.

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