The Consequences of Drinking and Driving
St. Patrick’s Day is often a fun time to gather with your friends, put on funny leprechaun hats, and drink green beers or Irish Whiskey. As fun as it seems, the holiday has the possibility of ending with many drinkers getting behind the wheel of their car and driving home, risking their life and the innocent lives of others. Drunk driving is responsible for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. Drunk drivers also risk getting pulled over by a law enforcement officer, where the repercussions of drinking and driving could be drastic.
Repercussions of Drinking and Driving
The biggest risk you face when drinking and driving is putting yourself, your passengers, and other motorists in danger. You also risk getting a DUI conviction if pulled over by a police officer. Here’s what comes with that dilemma.
- Driver’s License Suspension: This will drastically limit how you get around town.
- Fines: The fines for a DUI could be in the thousands of dollars. In the state of Texas, a first time offender can receive a fine of up to $2,000.
- Jail Time: In the state of Texas, a first-time offender can spend up to six months in jail.
- Your Criminal Record is Tainted: If convicted of a DUI, it goes on your criminal record, which can affect areas of your life such as your job search.
- Auto Insurance Rates Increase: A DUI can increase your car insurance rates by as much as 41%, and can affect your rates for up to five years.
Drinking and Driving Prevention
To avoid an arrest or to prevent the loss of innocent lives, here are a few alternatives to getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.
- Go out with a non-drinking designated driver.
- If you go out alone, don’t drink alcohol. Substitute with non-alcoholic beverages.
- Eat plenty of food and drink plenty of water before a night out.
- Call a taxi or a ride-sharing service.
- Don’t get in the car with someone who has been drinking.
- Take their keys away if they attempt to drive under intoxication.
Drinking and driving don’t mix. Be careful out on the road on holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day and any other day. When choosing not to drink and drive, the life you save could be your own.