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Staying Safe on the Fourth of July

July 2nd, 2018 by Brent de la Paz

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s time to let our flag fly and freedom ring! But as with any good celebration, it’s important to lay down a few guidelines for safety to ensure the night stays fun and doesn’t take a dangerous turn.

If you have been drinking while you celebrate, make sure that you are aware of your safety and of others’. I’ve seen it too many times — someone gets caught up in the excitement of a party and winds up making a regrettable, reckless decision. While everything may seem like a good idea at the time, you need to remember the bigger picture at hand and the responsibility of your actions beyond the moment.

How to Avoid a DWI Charge

If you have celebrating the holiday with alcohol, here are two key ways to avoid drunk driving and being charged with a DWI.

  • Take an Uber or Lyft
    This is one of the easiest ways to ensure a safe ride home if you know you’re going to be drinking. Don’t tempt yourself with drunk driving by taking your car somewhere and then feeling the need to take it home even though you’re intoxicated. Keep others and yourself safe on the road by avoiding bringing your car altogether; use a ride share service and guarantee yourself a sober ride home.
  • Designate a Driver
    Riding with friends to a Fourth of July party? Have someone volunteer to be the designated driver and make sure you and your friends all get a safe ride afterwards. If your friends know they are going to be drinking, volunteer to be the designated driver yourself. Getting your friends home safe and knowing they have a sober ride is more important than risking lives to have a good time.

Finding an Attorney You Can Trust

Although it is not ideal, mistakes are often made and DWI charges do occur. Should you find yourself in a situation that requires my legal assistance, please contact me immediately. I can build you a strong defense and fight to get you the optimal outcome. Remember, only time can sober you up—so avoid the “quick tips and tricks” for getting sober, because it’s not worth a DWI charge. It is my hope that you all have a fun and safe Fourth of July!