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Don’t Test Your Luck on St. Patrick’s Day, Baltimore – Travel Safely and Drink Responsibly

Always Celebrate Responsibly
Always Celebrate Responsibly

St. Patrick’s Day holds a strong tradition for people gathering and celebrating their Irish heritage, or that of their friends and neighbors. Statistically, however, it has also become one of the more dangerous times of the year, due to the poor choices of some to drive under the influence.

We encourage all of our Baltimore neighbors to have a good time out on St. Patrick’s Day, but please be sure to do so safely. Planning ahead before beginning your evening out is vital to the safety of yourself and others.


How to Avoid Dangerous Situations if You Plan on Consuming Alcohol

Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin

Of course, sometimes you can’t control how the day ends and what surprise impromptu parties you get invited to, but most of the time it’s possible to live according to a plan.

Designate a sober driver

Not many people will voluntarily give up their drinking privilege just to drive you around, but a true friend will. A DD is a great solution if you are out with a group of friends exploring the bar scene.

Give up your keys

Handing over your keys at the beginning of the night is the best scenario, but if you’ve had more to drink than you initially intended, be prepared to give up your keys. This will help you resist the temptation to try to drive before you are sober enough to do so

Remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving

Even if you don’t think you’ve had enough to drink to qualify as “drunk,” driving tipsy is still considered drunk driving and is just as dangerous. Remember, alcohol impairs your judgment, which can make you overestimate your driving abilities, but that doesn’t change your blood alcohol content (BAC). Having a BAC from .04% to .08% is considered to be a DWI in the state of Maryland and can lead to damaging consequences.

Have the numbers for local cabs on-hand

Here are a few cab companies around Baltimore that you might be able to call, but of course be sure to do your own research ahead of time:

o   Jimmy’s Cab Company

o   Arrow Cabs

o   Uber App on your cell phone

If you’re already out and consumed too much, you can call a company to pick you and your car up, safely returning you both home:  BeMyDD

 

Be Alert, Even if You are Staying Sober

Keep an eye out for intoxicated pedestrians along your route

There are lots of bars in downtown Baltimore that are easily accessible by foot. Beware of those pedestrians that may have already had one-too many drinks that may not be paying attention to where they stray. Also, be vigilant and watch out for passengers that may be walking between parked cars to cross the street.

Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you see an impaired driver on the road

You can help save lives and prevent a dangerous accident by notifying the police if you notice someone visibly intoxicated that is trying to drive. Of course, do not call while you are driving. Have a passenger make the call or wait until you have parked and it is safe to use your phone.

Follow Through with Your DD Responsibilities

If you volunteer as someone’s designated driver, make sure to keep your word and stay sober. Many people could be relying on you to get them home safely. If you do break your promise, give up your DD status right away and look for another travel alternative.

 

What to Do if You Are Involved in a DWI/DUI Incident

Should you, your friends, or your loved ones become involved in a drunk driving incident, don’t hesitate to call an experienced DUI attorney in Baltimore to represent you. It is important that you take immediate action to protect yourself.

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to celebrate in your community. Please enjoy yourselves and stay safe!

Dilip Paliath, Esq. is a top criminal defense attorney in Towson, MD and is skilled at handling the cases of those facing DUI and DWI charges. Contact us today to schedule an appointment: 410-494-1494.


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Tracey Cohen Paliath March 13, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Great tips! I'm sure the police will be out in force, so everyone should be careful about what even one drink can do! Plus, no one wants to end a fun night with a tragedy.
Buzz Beeler March 16, 2014 at 12:44 AM
Good advice, sadly though a lot won't head it.

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