St. Patrick’s Day this year will likely be a weekend of fun-filled plans. Cities throughout Florida will be coming alive this weekend with green beer and festive cocktails as St. Patrick’s Day lands on Friday, March 17th. Here at the Law Office of Kevin F. Moot, we hope that your plans include having a designated driver who can safely get all passengers home safely. We do not have to explain the dangers of driving while intoxicated, but we will stress the legal implications involved.
Law enforcement will be placing a greater stress on enforcing drunk driving laws this weekend, so we offer you a word of caution to ensure that you do not attempt to drive yourself home after a night of drinking. Parades, festivals, and parties are all set to take place this weekend, and law enforcement is ready. St. Patrick’s Day is among the top four most popular drinking parties, according to WalletHub.
Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:
- 13 million pints of Guinness is projected to be consumed this year
- In 2015, 30 people were killed in drunk-driving related accidents
- Every 72 minutes, an alcohol-related car crash claims a life
With these facts and projections in mind, police across the state are planning to saturate the roads and highways. In fact, the Miami-Dade police force set up the largest DUI checkpoint of the year on Friday.
Before you attend any St. Patrick’s Day parties, we want you to keep in mind the following tips to prevent a DUI arrest:
- Take an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi – The cost of one of these services is far less than that of a DUI.
- Stick with the 1 drink-per-hour rule – This is the typical rate at which ethanol is metabolized in the bloodstream.
- Have a keymaster – If you are the host of an event, make sure that choose someone to collect the keys of anyone who drove to the party. This person should be someone who will remain sober and make sure no drunk person gets their keys back.
- Safe haven – If you are planning to enjoy time with your friends on St. Patrick’s Day, check to see if you can spend the night on a couch or in a guest room until you are sober enough to drive home.
Still Charged with DUI?
Even if you took precaution, you may still be charged with DUI. When this takes place, you need to seek professional legal help from an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Law Office of Kevin F. Moot, our Weston criminal defense lawyer is ready to help you handle your St. Patty’s Day DUI charge. If you choose to work with our firm, you will be retaining the services of a former prosecutor who has insight into what the other side is thinking. Contact us today!