Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Families are looking forward to reconnecting and, of course, tucking into that oh-so-delicious Thanksgiving Day dinner.
While the holiday season can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year, nothing will dampen the mood like a DWI charge. New York law enforcement will be cracking down because, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 42 percent of all roadway fatalities over Thanksgiving 2012 involved a drunk driver.
A DWI conviction can come with steep fines, jail time, a loss of driving privileges and other penalties. With the right defense, though, you may be able to fight the charges.
If you were arrested for DWI in New York, then White Plains DWI lawyer Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law may be able to help. Call us today at 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on to learn three tips to avoid a DWI over the holiday weekend:
- Designate a driver.
Thanksgiving is a time of festivity, and many people do not intend to stay sober. If partying is on your agenda, then you should plan ahead so you don’t drink and drive.
Ask a friend or family member to act as the designated driver. Alternatively, you can remain sober and fill the role yourself. Not only will this prevent a DWI charge, but your self-control and generosity will impress your family and friends.
- Make use of taxi services.
New York is teeming with cabs, but many people are hesitant to use their services because they can be costly. A DWI, however, is even more expensive. In addition to the fines, a conviction may come with costs related to ignition interlock devices, legal fees, and possible medical bills if you were involved in an accident.
Taxi services are available to keep you and your family safe. You can split the fare if you ride together, making it an affordable option.
Traditional cab services will come if you have had too much to drink, but transport applications, such as Uber, also operate in the White Plains area. Here are a few reputable companies to keep in mind over the Thanksgiving weekend:
- White Plains United Taxi: 914-683-3886
- Westchester Taxi & Limo: 914-946-9333
- Greenburgh Taxi: 914-592-4949
- Stay off the roads.
Avoiding the roads altogether is the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving. Even if you stay sober, the risk of a drunk driver hitting you is higher than most times of the year.
Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to relax and have fun with family and friends, but there is no quicker way to end the celebrations than being arrested for DWI. If police do arrest you, then a White Plains DWI attorney can help you fight the charges.
Call Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law at 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation. Mr. DeUrso can prepare a comprehensive defense strategy based on the unique facts of your case.