St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so we all know that means more people will be partaking in shenanigans this holiday weekend.
St. Patty’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking holiday, behind New Year’s Eve, Christmas and Independence Day. Every year, more than 33 million Americans celebrate by drinking pints of Guinness or green beer.
As with any holiday, St. Patrick’s Day can lead to some bad judgement calls, including choosing to drink and drive. While St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebrating the luck of the Irish, a DUI can put a serious damper on your good time. A DUI conviction brings you anything but luck, including fines, jail time and loss of driving privileges. Not to mention that you put yourself and the lives of everyone sharing the roadways with you in extreme danger when you drink and drive. Reports indicate that on St. Patrick’s Day, there is a fatal alcohol-related accident every 74 minutes.
Instead of driving, plan another way home in advance. An Uber, Lyft or taxi ride is just a phone call away. Public transportation options are also available, depending on where you choose to celebrate.
If you are arrested this St. Patrick’s Day, or any other day for that matter, and charged with a DUI, it is best to retain legal counsel right away. Our Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton will be available 24/7 this St. Patrick’s Day weekend should you find yourself detained for DUI.