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Texas DWI Defense Attorney Shares Football Season Tailgating Tips

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

It’s football season, and there’s something wonderful about getting together with family or friends to cheer on your favorite team. Tailgate parties can add even more fun to the game day experience – unless someone in your group ends up being charged with DWI. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to encourage responsible behavior at your tailgate parties this season. Use these tips to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe and out of trouble.

If you are someone who enjoys preparing and serving delicious creations on your tailgate grill, it may be surprising to you that some people do not bring enough food to their tailgate parties. That’s right, some people bring a couple of snacks or even forget the food altogether and focus their efforts on making sure that they have plenty of cold beer and other beverages available for themselves and their guests. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach magnifies the effects that alcohol has on the body, such as impaired judgment. When a person’s judgment is impaired, they are more likely to make poor choices, such as drinking and driving. Bring plenty of food to go along with your drinks to reduce the likelihood that one of your guests will drive while they are under the influence of alcohol.

As important as food is to tailgate parties, water is just as important. Weather during football season can vary dramatically, and when people are out in the sun drinking alcohol, it can affect their bodies more severely if they are dehydrated. Bring a lot of water for yourself and your guests, and encourage everyone to drink at least one cup of water for each alcoholic beverage that they consume.

Keep your drinks separate to avoid confusion and help people make responsible choices about what to drink. If all of the non-alcoholic drink choices are in one cooler and the minors, designated drivers, and others who choose not to drink know where to find them, they are less likely to be tempted by the alcoholic beverages in the other cooler. In conjunction with this tip, also be sure that you know the ages of the people who are drinking at your party to ensure that you do not accidentally serve alcohol to any minors.

Plan ahead for after the game by having telephone numbers of taxi services handy for your guests and designating one or more sober drivers ahead of time. If everyone at your tailgate party knows that they can get a safe ride home, they are less likely to drink and drive.

Keep football season fun for your family and friends by tailgating responsibly. Taking steps to reduce the likelihood that anyone in your group will get a DWI is a good thing to do at tailgate parties and at any other type of social gathering throughout the year where alcohol is served. If you are currently facing DWI charges, speak with a Texas DWI Defense Attorney right away to protect your rights. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has been serving DWI clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call his office today, at 214-521-4567.