Summer is coming soon, which means barbecues, boating, beach trips, concerts and other outdoor activities. Alcohol is a part of many people’s summer events, which means an increased chance of a DWI.
DWIs significantly increase during the summertime months of June, July and August. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year 40% of accidents over Memorial Day weekend involve a drunk driver, and alcohol-related hospital visits increase by 11%. The 4th of July and Labor Day weekend also typically see an increase in DWI’s.
Try not to drive if possible
There are many things you can do to prevent a DUI during the summertime. The easiest way to do this is to not drive if you plan to drink alcohol. Heat and humidity can cause you to become dehydrated quickly, meaning that alcohol may affect you more.
Even if you usually drive to events, try to go to events in groups, with one person as a designated driver. When that isn’t possible, use a ride share or other service if you feel you’ve had too much to drink. Don’t assume you can make it home.
Wait and sober up
Although it may be an inconvenience, if you feel you’ve had too much to drink and cannot find a way home, stay where you’re at until you are sober enough to drive. Don’t let a DWI ruin your summertime celebrations and time with family and friends. The consequences are simply not worth it.
Despite our best efforts, we all make mistakes sometimes. You may misjudge your intoxication level and drive when you shouldn’t, resulting in a DWI charge.
A DWI charge in Virginia has major penalties, including high fines, loss of your driver’s license and potential jail time. However, a DUI charge does not necessarily mean a conviction. Several potential DUI defenses can be explored with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.