There are fewer times of year than the holiday season that your driver’s license is at risk . Office Christmas parties, new year’s eve parties, and the like are full of merriment and celebration, but also full of egg nog and champagne! This can contribute to a serious increase in drunk driving, and the police know it. Road blocks and checkpoints increase as law enforcement cracks down.
The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. How many Christmas parties do you go to? Personally, I go to four of them, and when I worked for a law firm, it was five. Do you go out for New Year’s Eve or stay in? I stay in, but much of that has to do with how expensive it can be to go out for that.
The next question is, do you go to these parties alone or with someone else? It is a lot harder to designate a driver if you are the only one going to the party, which means not drinking at the party!
“Buzzed” driving is still drunk driving, so having just one or two drinks is still a bad idea if you are going to be behind the wheel going home.
This month's Google Hangout was on New Jersey drunk driving laws, answering questions about:
- Drunk driving roadblocks
- Blood draws to determine blood alcohol level
- Swerving in the road as probable cause to stop you
- What is and is not a field sobriety test
These hangouts take place on the fourth Thursday of the month, live, at 5pm. One of the reasons November’s topic was DWI was because I wanted to remind everyone of the increased risks in December of your losing your license.
I know it cuts into the fun of the party if you cannot drink, but please consider what can happen to your life (and possibly the lives of others) if you do!
If you want to learn more about New Jersey’s drunk driving laws, check out the articles on this site. You can also download my free book, How Much Trouble Am I In? A Guide to New Jersey Drunk Driving Law.