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“CLINKO” de Mayo

Once New Year’s Eve is over and the college bowl season comes to an end, people become bored. No good sports, no good weather, no fun.

But then the weather turns, and we see hints of spring. Maybe even a little sunshine in March. Folks begin to crawl out of the winter blues. Then St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness crowds fill the bars– and the jails for those unfortunate enough to get caught behind the wheel after over-imbibing.

But what next? When I was young, we waited until summer, looking forward to baseball games, bbqs, and Fourth of July. There was nothing that really filled the gap between spring and summer.

Things couldn’t stay that way forever. The alcohol industry had to sell its product. They needed something good to celebrate, something to get people out to party. Then, like magic, a May party emerged—Cinco de Mayo. The Fifth of May. Why not celebrate such a joyous occasion?

Cinco de Mayo parties are now the mainstay. Every Mexican restaurant, cantina, and bar rolls out the red carpet to eager partiers looking for some late spring fun.

How many of those partiers, I wonder, actually know what the whoopla is all about? I had some idea, but I was far from certain. So I did some quick internet research. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Like many such “party” holidays, it has a meaningful history. It has evolved in the United States as a means to celebrate Mexican heritage.

So why talk about it here? Because to those that don’t have any Mexican heritage, it has become an excuse to go drink Tequila, Mexican beer, and other libations. And that leads to drinking and driving.

Don’t think the police aren’t keen to this. Like a good fisherman, they go where the fish are biting. They will watch drivers carefully as they leave the bars and restaurants. They will pull people over for even the smallest of traffic violations. And they may even set up check points on main roads throughout the city.

“Not fair!” proclaim the partiers. As our wise fathers told us, “No one ever said life was fair.”

The point here is that holidays like Cinco de Mayo can go very sour very fast. There’s a simple solution. Don’t drink and drive. Take a cab. Call a friend. Wake up your girlfriends, husbands, wives.

But if you make the mistake, don’t compound it. Call an Ohio criminal defense attorney who is available 24/7 and get advice BEFORE you make decisions about field sobriety tests, breath tests, or anything else.

We field calls at all hours of the day, 7 days a week. We try to give people the quick advice they need. Then, when the dust settles, we meet in person at our office to figure out what to do next.

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