4th of July and Summerfest Fun
Don’t Incur a 4th of July OWI!
Red, White and Blue Lights in the Rearview
Every American enjoys the Fourth of July. Barbeques, parades, backyard games, cutoff shorts and Old Glory. It is our day as a nation to celebrate hard work, freedom and the many things that make our country great. In and around Milwaukee, we have plenty of reasons to celebrate, including good friends and great music at Summerfest.
Celebrations often include Libations
Unfortunately, July 4th is the deadliest day of the year for drunk-driving collisions. Wisconsin tops the charts in drunk-driving statistics, with 23.7% of people ages 16 and older driving drunk. That’s a full 10.5% higher than the national average. (Or Wisconsin folks are just a bit more honest.) Let’s face it, everyone makes mistakes, but some are more severe than others, and driving while intoxicated is dangerous and potentially deadly.
Proceed with Caution this Summer
With Independence Day falling on or near the same weekend as the conclusion of Summerfest, residents of Milwaukee and the surrounding areas should use extra precaution. Officers of the law will have checkpoints to keep drunk drivers off the road, so make sure you have a game plan.
Have Fun with a Designated Driver
Independence Day should be a day of fun and relaxation, but remember to make a plan ahead of time if you want to have a few drinks. A designated driver is the best plan to avoid incident. Employ your teenager to drive you home, flip a coin with your spouse, or draw straws with your friends. The only way to make sure you are not intoxicated for the drive home is to not drink any alcohol or partake of any other intoxicating substance. Even if you have a prescription from a doctor, some medicines can combine with only one beer and have a compound effect. Don't risk your safety or the safety of others in the name of fun.
Applaud your Decisions Later
The 4th of July drunk driving statistics are scary. According to data from the NHTSA, during the July 4th holidays from 2009 to 2013, 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 39% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period. If you are foolish enough to drink and drive, hopefully you are lucky enough to avoid an accident. Even if you feel like you are okay to drive, though, you probably aren't. Statistics show that some people drive drunk 80 times before they are stopped and processed, but they are caught eventually because they keep making the same bad decisions over and over again.
If You Are In Trouble, Seek Help with Legal Counsel
If you drink and drive, you will eventually be stopped by an officer of the law, subjected to scrutiny and processed for driving while intoxicated. This is an expensive and devastating consequence. Call our Milwaukee and Waukesha-based defense attorneys right away. Drunk driving charges often have a short timeline. Your court appearance may be days or weeks later. By talking to a defense attorney as early as possible, you stand the best chance of getting your charges reduced or dropped.
Schedule a Free Legal Consultation
Tom Grieve is an award-winning DUI lawyer with years of experience concerning both sides of drunk driving charges. Take advantage of a free initial legal consultation with him. After careful assessment of your case details, he may be able to find mistakes in the arrest process. If the prosecution is unable to produce probable cause for pulling you over, your case could be easily dismissed.
If this happens to you, contact Grieve Law for sound advice.