Kansas DUI Attorney Explains How You Can Enjoy a Safe St. Patrick’s Day

There is nothing worse after partying all night than awaking to a hangover, right? Wrong! Much worse than any hangover is ending what would have been an otherwise fun evening with a DUI or worse, seriously injuring or killing yourself or another person as a result of driving drunk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 30 percent of the fatal motor vehicle crashes on St. Patrick’s Day are due to drunk driving. So, if you plan to get your green on this St. Patrick’s Day you need to do more to ensure the safety of yourself and others than carry around a four leaf clover. The following are a few tips you should follow to help ensure that you have a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Have a designated driver: If you are planning on going out for St. Patrick’s Day, make sure that as part of your party planning that you also plan a way to make it home safely. A designated driver is always a great option.
  • Slow down: One way to make sure that you are able to get yourself home safely is to avoid becoming intoxicated in the first place. This does not necessarily mean that you cannot enjoy a beer or two. It just means that you need to pace yourself. Have no more than one drink per hour and sneak in some non-alcoholic beverage in alcoholic ones. A drink is considered to be a 1.5 ounce-shot of 80 proof liquor, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 12-ounce beer. Think of your Irish holiday as a marathon and not a sprint if you want to be sober at the end.
  • Eat: St. Patrick’s Day is not just about the beer it is also about the food! Have a plate of corned beef and cabbage with a side of rye bread. Not only is it tradition—it is also a way to help your body process the alcohol more quickly.
  • Call a cab: Before you head out for the day’s festivities, write down the telephone numbers of a few cab companies on a card and place it in your wallet or purse. This way you can easily call for a ride in the event you are not able to drive home. You can also do the same with a bus or trolley schedule, depending upon where you live.
  • Leave your keys at home: An easy way to avoid a DUI charge is to not drive in the first place. Take a cab, public transportation or even walk home. By leaving your keys at home, you will not have to worry about being tempted to drive home.
  • Be the host: If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party then clearly you do not have to worry about drinking and driving. But if you do opt to be the host, be a good host. Offer your guests plenty of food and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Ask guests to hand over their keys at the beginning of the party and do not give a person back his or her key if he or she is unable to drive home. Instead have guests who are not able to drive spend the night.

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If you have been charged with driving under the influence you need an experienced DUI defense attorney. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact the Whitman Law Offices today toll free at (877) 933-4354 or locally at (785) 843-9460. Our attorneys can also make arrangements to visit you in jail if necessary. Kansas DUI Defense Attorney Charles E. Whitman of the Whitman Law Offices has more than three decades of experience representing persons charged with DUI and other alcohol related offenses. At the Whitman Law Offices we will take the time to thoroughly review your case and evaluate all of your legal options.

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