The holiday season can be a time of merriment for those in New York, especially if they plan on attending New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square or watching the show on television at a party. At the Law Office Of Scott G. Cerbin, Esq., PLLC, we understand that for many, New Year’s Eve doesn’t always end as planned. You may wake up on New Year’s Day facing drunk driving charges.
There is a valid reason law enforcement is especially vigilant for drunk drivers during the holiday season. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains, drunk driving crashes increase during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Therefore, you can expect law enforcement to be present in Times Square and around the city to catch intoxicated drivers before someone gets hurt. Even if you waited to get sobered up before driving or your blood alcohol content was below the legal limit, you might find yourself with charges if an officer decides you were too intoxicated to be behind the wheel.
You and your friends might reduce your chances of getting a New Year’s DUI by taking the following precautions:
- Decide before going out how much you plan to drink that night.
- Have someone volunteer to be a designated driver or take a taxi or Uber home.
- Consider having a party at home on New Year’s Eve instead of going out.
- If you offer alcoholic beverages, offer some that are non-alcoholic as well.
As our page on DUI defense explains, a drunk driving charge can significantly impact your life. Experienced counsel is usually necessary if you find yourself facing charges.