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In RI Drunk Driving is Buzzed Driving

With the holiday season coming up, please remember that in RI drunk driving is buzzed driving. As the poster below says, if you can’t sing and dance at the same time you may be too buzzed to drive. Don’t take that chance. But if you do see police lights in the rear view mirror, call Callaghan & Callaghan (401) 294-4555.

Rhode Island police will be out in force this weekend through the New Year cracking down on drunk driving. The slightest laned roadway violation, broken tail light, or increased velocity can result in a traffic stop. That combined with a spilled drink and the odor of alcohol can result in a DUI investigation. DUI charges can result in loss of license, heavy fines, and community service, and alcohol counseling. Rely on the lawyers at Callaghan & Callaghan to for expert legal advice when facing any alcohol related charge. Call today for a free consultation (401) 294-4555.

id-soc-09-cdown-table_dance_lo_res-post-72-enThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages all holiday drivers to be safe. They recommend the following for all drivers for all holiday gatherings:

  • If you plan on celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, plan on a sober driver.
  • Even if you’ve had just a little bit to drink, you can still get a DUI and be involved in a crash.
  • Only drive when you are sober. Too many people wait until they’ve been drinking to figure out their ride home. By then, it’s too late to make a clear-headed decision. You might think you’re just “buzzed” and that you’re “okay to drive,” but remember this: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
  • With the holidays coming up, there will be an increase in social events that involve alcohol. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that this results in an increase in DUIs and fatal drunk-driving crashes around the holidays.
  • During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes on our nation’s roads, and almost a third (30%) of those fatalities were in drunk-driving crashes.
  • Over the entire month of December 2013, a staggering 733 people lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver.
  • If you look at crash fatalities in December from 2009-2013, there were a total of 3,857 people killed in crashes that involved drivers with high blood alcohol concentrations (BACs).
  • Drunk driving is an epidemic in our country year-round. According to NHTSA, 32,719 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013, and 10,076 of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.
  • People wrongly think they can calculate their own BAC based on the number of drinks they’ve had or the length of time between drinks. There’s no easy formula that applies to everyone equally. Many variable factors (e.g., body weight, alcohol content, and amount of food eaten before drinking) contribute to a person’s BAC. You’re only “okay to drive” if you haven’t been drinking. Period.
  • Compared with other age groups, teen drivers are at a greater risk of death in alcohol-related crashes, even though they’re too young to legally buy or possess alcohol. Nationally in 2013, 29 percent of the young drivers (15 to 20 years old) killed in crashes had a BAC of .01 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher.
  • If you’ve been drinking at all, you should not be behind the wheel. It will cost you—possibly your life.
  • Planning ahead is the key to avoiding a DUI or a deadly drunk driving crash. You make plans to attend parties, go to bars or sporting events, or gather with family and friends. So why not plan how to stay alive and out of jail? A sober driver is an essential part of any plan that includes drinking.
  • Law enforcement actively looks for drunk drivers, especially around the holidays. So keep in mind that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Are you willing to risk a DUI or a fatal crash for the “convenience” of driving yourself home after drinking?
  • If convicted of a DUI, you face jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work—there’s also the added humiliation and consequences of telling family, friends, and employers of your arrest.

Call Callaghan & Callaghan immediately upon any alcohol related driving offense (401) 294-4555