The holiday spirit of merriment often means literally enjoying spirits,
as in alcoholic beverages, with family and friends. Whether you are looking
forward to mulled wine with your Thanksgiving dinner or spiked eggnog
for Christmas or whatever your choice and preferred holiday may be, it
is important to drink responsibly and never drive while intoxicated. Not
only do you endanger yourself and other drivers around you, but you are
also likely to get snared by the police.
Each year in the greater Houston metropolitan area, police come out in
droves and full force around the holidays, especially the last two weeks
of the year when holiday festivities are at their height. Just about every
interstate in and out of Houston will have more patrol cars, including
the I-45, I-10, and the 290. Basically, name a popular roadway and you
are almost guaranteed to see a greater police presence there during the holidays.
Stay Safe & Sound This Holiday Season
As mentioned, it is actually a good thing that Texas State police are out
there to catch drunk drivers. Crash statistics indicate a sharp spike
in crashes and fatalities each year around the holidays. It can be assumed
that many of these are caused by driver intoxication.
At the same time, an overzealous police force can pull over and arrest
people who are not illegally intoxicated behind the wheel. Since many
arrests are up to their discretion, this idea that everyone is going to
be drunk on the holidays may influence an officer to lean towards an unfair
prejudice and assumption.
To stay out of trouble, make certain you drive sober and avoid erratic
driving behaviors, such as:
- Speeding or driving too slowly
- Wide or sharp turns
- Swerving in one lane
You should also remember that an arrest is not a conviction. If you are
pulled over and charged for
driving while intoxicated, you are innocent until proven guilty, even if you take a breathalyzer
test and it reports that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level
is above the 0.08% legal limit. There are always ways test results can
be contaminated and contested, but knowing just what to do might be difficult
if you are not well-versed in Texas’s DWI laws.
Rather than trying to put up a defense on your own, you can come to Stornello
Law Firm, PC and retain the services of our highly-experienced, widely-acclaimed
Houston DWI attorneys.
Contact our firm when you need help protecting your future and keeping your driving privileges.