April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

Since 1987, April has been designated Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). According to ncadd.org, the 2015 theme is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.” Every April, the Council strives to increase the public’s understanding about alcohol dependence and attempts to reduce the stigma that prevents individuals and families from seeking help. Below are a few tips to take into consideration to help keep New Jersey roads safer:
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1) Designate A Sober Driver.

Before you head out for drinks or any event where alcohol may be served, put a plan in place ahead of time. Talk to friends and family and agree to offer each other rides home when you need them and agree to take the keys if the situations calls for it. If you have children, this is a good time to develop a “drive sober” strategy for the whole family.

2) Use an App to Help You.

A mobile device can be a great way to get home safe. Install apps like the free Villani & DeLuca P.C. NJ DWI app that allows New Jersey residents learn about NJ DWI laws and penalties. It also features a helpful tool that allows individuals find and call a taxi from their location anywhere in the U.S. to get home safely.

3) Talk to Teens.

Teen drivers sometimes drive drunk or take other risks when drinking because they fear punishment if their parents find out. Studies have shown that parents drastically underestimate underage drinking. Even if you suspect that your child never drinks, it is a good time to remind them that even if they do you can offer them a safe ride home with no questions asked.

4) Be Informed of Other Dangers.

Drunk driving is not the only danger when consuming alcohol. Intoxication can also cause poor judgment in other situations leading to other injuries (even walking home can be dangerous). Drink responsibly and encourage friends and family to drink responsibly, too.

Your Safety Is Our Primary Concern

Avoiding alcohol is the best way to avoid a DUI or DWI charge in New Jersey, which comes with penalties even if you’re not convicted. Many tragic New Jersey accidents could be prevented if drivers were to seek out help for alcoholism before getting behind the wheel. The bottom line is that if you drink any amount of alcohol, you should never get behind the wheel; you put yourself in danger along with your passengers and all other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists who are also on the road. If you’re facing a DUI charge or have been hit by a drunk driver, contact the experienced New Jersey DWI defense attorneys at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. today at 888-389-9533 for your free and confidential case evaluation.