With holiday cheer often comes many spirits. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol plays a role in over 40 percent of fatal roadway accidents on both New Year’s Day and Christmas. With more people on the roadways and more people impaired behind the wheel, it’s an unfortunate fact that many motorists may be in need of a manslaughter defense attorney in Tampa this holiday season to protect their rights.
As a manslaughter defense lawyer in Tampa, it’s important during “the most wonderful time of the year” to remember to drink responsibly. If you are involved in an accident and you are over the legal limit, or even suspected of being intoxicated by a police officer, you will be arrested regardless of your role in the accident. Further, your insurance company will offer you no support when they are notified that alcohol was in any way involved.
The following tips could save you the embarrassment of a DUI arrest this December. Most importantly, it could save lives on our roadways this holiday season.
Designated Driver (DD)
We all know about the D.D. because it is the safest solution when traveling to and from holiday parties and other gatherings this December. It’s a very simple rule: the D.D. does not drink under any circumstances that evening.
Uber and Other Applications
With several DUI prevention applications at your fingertips, the holiday season can be much more enjoyable when we utilize these companies for their greatest benefit: to keep our roads safe. Another option is the old, reliable cab. Just make sure to bring cash with you.
Only One Drink Every Hour Rule
If you would like to enjoy some adult beverages at the festivities, the “one drink every hour” rule is a fine concept in theory but often misguided. If you do feel the need to partake this is probably the best compromise; however, it’s still best to have a completely sober driver behind the wheel. Be sure to eat plenty of food if you do decide to go this route.
If you practice these simple rules, you could prevent yourself from being in a bad situation this holiday season. We wish you safe travels on the roadways this December!
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.