Tips to Have a Safe and DWI-Free Holiday Season

It seems that even before the last bite of turkey is gobbled up, the holiday season is in full swing. Christmas parties, holiday get-togethers, and all sorts of merrymaking begin to fill one’s social calendar. While it is a great time to have fun with friends and family members, it also a time not to forget your common sense. The police will be out in high numbers this holiday season, specifically looking for those individuals who have had “too much fun” and are out and about on the road. To make sure that you have a safe and DWI-free holiday season, follow these important tips:

  • Do not drink and drive: If you have been drinking and think that there is any chance that your blood alcohol level is near the legal limit, do not drive. Do not make the mistake of hoping that you will be okay. You have too much to lose including your driver’s license and possibly your life or someone else’s life. If you plan to drink, then early in the evening hand over your keys, so that you will not be tempted to drive.
  • Watch your alcohol intake: If you plan to drive home after an evening out, make sure you closely monitor your alcohol consumption. Do not drink in excess! Be smart and have at the very most one drink an hour. This is the amount of time it generally takes for a drink to clear one’s system. A drink is considered to be a 5 oz. glass of wine, a regular 12 oz. beer, or a 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits. Be wary of any mixed drinks or a drink where you cannot easily ascertain how much alcohol the drink contains.  Also be sure to drink plenty of water when drinking alcohol, as it helps to mitigate the effects of alcohol-related dehydration on the body.
  • Call a cab: If you realize that you should not drive, call a cab. While paying for a cab can be pricey, it is far less expensive than a DWI. When you add up the costs for attorney’s fees, bonding fees, fines and court costs, the price of a cab ride home is a real bargain. Even if you took a limo home, it would be far cheaper than a DWI.

Do not worry about your car: Sometimes people who choose to drink and drive do so, even though they know they should not, because they are worried about their car. Maybe the car is parked in a parking garage or on the street where overnight parking is not allowed. Again, the cost of a parking ticket is far less than a DWI. Even if you have to pay a fine because your car was towed and have to go through the hassle of finding your car the next day –  all this hassle is far less than the havoc a DWI can wreak on your life. With a DWI you will most likely have your license suspended for at least 90 to 180 days. Not having a car for three to six months will not only be annoying, it may also cost you your job.

Being arrested and charged with drunk driving over the holidays can feel devastating. 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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