Going out to holiday parties with your friends and family members is a great way to make fun memories. When those parties include alcoholic beverages, you should ensure that you have a way to get home. The Texas Department of Transportation has already begun the Holiday Anti-Drunk Driving campaign, which aims to spot anybody driving while impaired (DWI).
Drunk driving is a major issue during the holiday season in Texas, so law enforcement officers step up their efforts to stop this. From Dec. 1, 2021, through Jan. 1, 2022, 23% of crashes were related to alcohol. In total, 236 people suffered serious injuries and 98 individuals were killed in the state due to drunk driving in that one month.
Remember your rights if you’re stopped
One of the most important things to remember is that you still have rights if you’re pulled over for suspected drunk driving. You also have to think about the terms of implied consent in Texas. The best decision you can make this holiday season is to avoid drunk driving, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be accused of it at some point. If this happens, try to keep calm and take steps to protect your rights, including invoking your right to remain silent.
Being arrested for drunk driving charges can put a damper on your holiday season. If you’re in this position, now is the time to learn about the options you have for your defense. Some of these might be time-sensitive so be sure that you act quickly. Working with someone who knows about this type of criminal matter can help you to get things moving in the direction you feel is in your best interest.