It’s a short work week. For many of you, you are already on vacation. You are enjoying the company of family and friends. There are many, many toasts. There is lots of laughter. There is already the promise to treat yourself better in 2011 and quit smoking, eat less meat, and workout more.
There is nothing more that I wish for you than the very best that you wish for yourself and your family during the waning days of 2010.
Still, I want to remind you that I know you don’t think all of those ads apply to you, but they do. You know the ones. Get a designated driver. Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Don’t Drink and Drive.
Wait, if you can do just one thing, heed that last one. Don’t Drink and Drive. That means the very best way to avoid having to use my legal services is to avoid drinking any alcohol if you are going to drive. It’s not because you are drunk. It’s not because you are an unsafe driver. It’s because law enforcement is out in greater than normal numbers doing the holiday season. If you get stopped for anything, from dodging one of this fair City’s notorious pot holes, to swerving once you hit a patch of ice, if an officer stops you and you have had anything to drink, you will probably be arrested for a DUI.
One more piece of advice, if you think you are too tired to drive, whatever you do, don’t pull over to get some rest. Get out of the car, or better yet, leave the car and find a way to get some rest before continuing on your journey.
Every year, I represent people accused of DUI who were sleeping. Every year, I represent people accused of DUI where the officer’s first question is “how much did you drink tonight?” It doesn’t matter what you say, if that’s the question the officer asks, you need to think about your rights because you are going to be arrested for a DUI. It won’t matter whether you take those coordination tests, or not. It won’t matter if you blow into the breath machine, under the legal limit, or not. You will be charged with a DUI.
Have a Safe and Fun 2010.