Memorial Day Weekend and DUIs: What You Should Know

Memorial Day weekend is considered the official start of summer and often celebrated with family and friends. Many people hit the road but many more people opt to celebrate right here in the Greater New Orleans area. This means more people out and about on the roads, likely running to restock the cooler. And the police are watching. This means an increase in DUI/DWI arrests.  In fact, the most common offense people will commit in their law-abiding lives will be a DUI.

To be considered impaired, the driver must have a blood alcohol content of % 0.08 or higher. A DUI arrest can severely affect your life in so many ways. From impacting your driving record to damaging your chances of finding employment or educational advances, DUI arrests are no joke. Depending on the severity of your case, you could be facing up to 30 years in prison.

All the costs and hassles associated with being arrested for a DUI are nothing compared to being the cause of an accident which results in someone losing their life. Roughly 34% of all road fatalities over Memorial Day weekend involve a drunk driver. This is slightly higher than the national average of 28%, according to latest CDC data.

So, before you decide to get behind the wheel intoxicated, have a plan ready:

  1. Designate a sober driver
  2. Stay home and have a few cocktails
  3. Call a taxi or use a ride share app

If you are pulled over, arrested and charged with a DUI/DWI, it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense attorney. Contact an attorney who has helped people arrested for DUIs in the New Orleans, Covington, and Mandeville communities for over 15 years. Contact Tammy Karas-Griggs. From your court hearing to your administrative hearing with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Tammy Karas-Griggs Attorney At Law is here for you.

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