Did you know that drunk driving takes the lives of more than 10,000 people each year? Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only dangerous, it is also a serious crime in every state. This month, we are joining millions of Americans in helping bring awareness to the importance of safe and sober driving. In recognition of the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign,

let us share with you a few tips to help keep you and other drivers safe on the road.

First, if you know that you are going to be out drinking alcohol, whether at a family event or a social gathering, be sure to secure a designated driver to drive you home at the end of the night. If you do not have someone who is willing to be a designated driver, do not hesitate to call a taxi, Uber, or other ride sharing service. Some states also offer government-sponsored sober ride-sharing programs, so you may be picked up for free or at a reduced cost.

Even if you have had a few drinks, this does not necessarily mean that you are too intoxicated to drive safely. A DUI is based on blood alcohol content, and the legal limit differs by state. It is important to know that drinking coffee, eating food, and taking a shower, while they may make you feel better, will not reduce your blood alcohol content. Even if you feel less intoxicated after taking these actions, your life and the lives of others are too important to take the risk and drive while under the influence.

If you are pulled over for suspected driving under the influence, it is crucial that you remain polite and comply with all requests from the law enforcement officer. You do have rights if you are arrested, such as the right to remain silent. By clearly invoking your right to remain silent, law enforcement officers should cease questioning. Do not hesitate to seek legal advice or representation if you have been arrested to help you navigate the potential legal implications of your actions.

It is critical to drive sober, no matter the circumstances.

Otherwise, serious consequences can follow. Are you or a loved one facing charges like these? Do not wait to contact a member of our experienced, local legal defense team today. We are available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.