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Five ways to stay on the town and out of a cell this spring

When spring fever hits, you don’t want to need a DUI lawyer

We see it every year. After months of slushy roads and Googling the term Seasonal Affect Disorder, the weather turns and the trifecta of St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and spring break culminate into a breeding ground of bad decisions.

While police are on high alert this time of year with sobriety checkpoints and additional cops on duty, there are steps you can take to keep a DUI lawyer out of your speed dial.

1. Know how much you can drink.

You probably figured out your limits a long time ago, whether or not you choose to acknowledge them. However, the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) recommends that men under the age of 65 have fewer than five drinks per occasion, while women of all ages, and men older than the age of 65, should consume fewer than four drinks per occasion.

2. Know what you’re drinking.

Ever have “just a few,” only to find yourself two sheets to the wind at the end of the night? You may be surprised by how much alcohol is actually in your drink. The NIAAA lays out the following guidelines for what constitutes one drink:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer, ale or malt liquor
  • 1.5 ounces or one shot of 80-proof whiskey, gin or vodka
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 12 ounces of wine cooler
  • 4 ounces of sherry, liqueur or aperitif

3. Know beforehand how you’ll get home.

If you know you’ll be drinking, come up with an exit plan and stick to it. Know which cab you’re using or arrange a time to meet your significant other. If you’re driving, park your car in an overnight spot so you’re not tempted to drive – or better yet, carpool and leave the keys at home.

4. Know the numbers.

Two out of five of all deaths in crashes between 2006 and 2010 involved a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not to mention, alcohol use is related to more than 105,000 deaths every year in the United States. All in all, alcohol accounts for about $167 billion a year in lost productivity and costs associated with criminal justice and healthcare.

 5. Know your legal options.

If you do make the mistake to drink and drive, don’t compound it. Call a drunk driving lawyer who is available 24/7 and get advice before you make decisions about field sobriety tests, breath tests or anything else. At Yavitch & Palmer, we field calls at all hours of the day, seven days a week. Then, when the dust settles, we meet in person to to plan our next move. If you need a criminal defense lawyer, get in touch with us today.

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