Drive Sober or Get Pulled over Is More Than Just a Slogan

by Terry Bryant

The long Labor Day weekend is approaching, and along with barbecues and beach parties, comes increased drunk driving enforcement.

Throughout the country, every year more than 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On Texas highways and roadways alone last year, and more than 2,000 people were seriously injured. Many others suffered minor injuries.

Because the September holiday is one of the deadliest times of year for fatalities caused by drunk drivers, law enforcement agencies throughout Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. will be out in force as part of a coordinated, nationwide campaign to save lives. The ramped-up enforcement period runs from August 16 to September 4.

In all 50 states, including Texas, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. How a person reaches that blood alcohol level varies greatly, depending on weight, age, gender, how much time has passed between drinks, how much a person has eaten, and other factors. The wise course is to refrain from drinking anything while driving.

For drivers who choose to imbibe, the consequences can be serious and sometimes fatal. In addition to the shame and humiliation of being arrested and spending a night behind bars, drunk drivers face up to $10,000 in fines, increased insurance costs, possible loss of driver’s licenses, and even additional jail time. And if that isn’t enough to keep a driver sober behind the wheel, the very real possibility of injuring or killing another person, or being injured or killed, should be.

There are many common-sense alternatives to driving while under the influence. Drivers who have been drinking can call a sober friend for a ride, take public transportation, walk, or even stay where they are and sleep it off if possible. They can contact Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing service for a ride. A taxi cab is another alternative. The NHTSA offers the SaferRide app, which allows people to find their local cab company or send their location to friends for a ride. The app is available on GooglePlay and from iTunes. Also, some cities, towns, and organizations provide sober ride services staffed by volunteers that are designed to get people home safely and reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. There is also a website from the Texas Department of Transportation where drivers can input their address and find safe options for getting home. The web address is www.soberrides.org.

Help ensure a happy end-of-summer celebration for everyone and don’t choose to drink and drive. Remember to drive sober or get pulled over.

If you’ve had the unfortunate experience of being injured in a DUI-related accident, you should know that you have legal options. Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law has helped drunk driving victims across Texas get the compensation they deserve after being injured. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation.