Luck Won’t Keep You Out of a Jam This St. Patrick’s Day

What will you be doing on March 17? St. Patrick’s Day is notoriously associated with drinking … lots of it. The holiday, which is actually a cultural celebration of the heritage of the Irish as well as a religious celebration for the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, is full of green beer, bar hopping and loads of people ranging of “just buzzed” to blackout-drunk staggering through the streets from afternoon celebrations through the night into the morning.

Throughout New Jersey, law enforcement agencies are known to set up check points to stop alleged drunk drivers – it is likely that drivers will be aggressively targeted on March 17 and into the weekend. For the accused, the process can be scary and overwhelming especially if drivers have not faced criminal charges previously. The DWI defense attorneys at Villani & DeLuca P.C. understand the challenges faced by DWI defendants. We are also committed to helping those arrested for DWI to minimize charges and penalties.

No Four Leaf Clover Will Protect You

Traffic Safety Marketing offers some sobering statistics:

● Over St. Patrick’s Day weekends from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes.
● In 2013, two out of five crash fatalities over St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk driving.
● From 2008-2012, Almost ¾ of the drunk driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day occurred when the driver was two times the legal limit. There’s Nothing Lucky About That.

Plan Ahead to Stay Alive

Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both. A sober driver will be your luckiest charm this St. Patrick’s Day.

There’s No Such Thing as “OK to Drive”

As a driver, you’re either sober or you’re not. Don’t tell yourself or others that you’re OK to drive after you’ve been drinking. Alcohol affects everyone differently. Varying factors such as beverage alcohol content, body weight, food consumption, and number of drinks per hour, can change your BAC at a different rate than someone else’s. The only way to know you can drive is to stay sober. If you know someone who is about to drive drunk or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, take the keys away. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.

Though the statistics are alarming and may justify more law enforcement on the road, no risk of accident justifies the violation 4th Amendment rights. If you or a loved one has been charged with public intoxication or DWI in New Jersey, contact a DWI attorney to represent you in court. Call 732-965-3350 today for a free initial consultation. We represent clients throughout Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey.