It is March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day weekend, so people everywhere will be buzzing around town to watch basketball games and celebrate the Luck of the Irish.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Our Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are here to remind you to keep the “buzz” out of your car. Steer clear of drunk driving, distracted driving, and drug-impaired driving both now and throughout the rest of the year. If you have had a few green beers at the tavern and are asking yourself if you are OK to drive, then your answer is NO.
If you are out watching any of the games over this three-week tournament or head out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, then know these facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2020, one alcohol-related driving death occurred every 45 minutes across the U.S.
- In 2020, 11,654 people were killed in DUI-related fatalities
If you will be out drinking, then set yourself up for a safe way to get home. Consider these options:
- Designate a sober driver among your friends
- Get a taxi or schedule a ride through Uber or Lyft
- If you are hosting a March Madness or St. Patrick’s Day party, then make sure guests have non-alcoholic beverages and that they all have a safe/sober ride home
- If you see someone on the road that is possible driving drunk, safely pull over and call law enforcement immediately
Drug-Impaired Driving is Dangerous
Drugs can negatively impact your ability to drive without you even noticing it, so refrain from getting behind the wheel after taking any medications or substances that can affect your ability to drive. You can still get a DUI for driving under the influence of prescription drugs, OTC medications, and other legal/illegal substances.
Distracted Driving is Just as Dangerous as Drunk or Drugged Driving
Before you grab your phone to check the latest stats or check out the buzz on social media, please know that 3,142 people died in 2020 in distracted driving accidents. Just reading a text or glancing at your email while driving is considered distracted driving. Other distracted driving behaviors include talking on your phone or to others that are in your vehicle, streaming on your phone, eating, drinking, playing with radio dials or other forms of entertainment, and fiddling with your navigation system.
Plan Ahead, Be Responsible, and Enjoy the Madness
If you, a friend, or family member find themselves in bad situation this St. Patrick’s Day/March Madness, then our Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are available 24/7 to help. Call us anytime at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.