Drinking And Driving During The Holiday Season – Trouble Ahead

Dec 16, 2014 | DUI Defense

As a Colorado Springs DUI Lawyer, people often ask me how much is too much to drink and then drive. People seem to want to know how close they can get to the line without crossing over. This attitude may lead some to walk dangerously close to the edge of the cliff and perhaps some may even call over the edge. This time of year is a time of rejoicing and love. No one wants to spend it in regret and sorrow for poor choices. During the holidays, people spend time with family, friends, and co-workers celebrating the joy of the Christmas season. Often in celebrating, people attend parties where they consume alcohol, at times to excess. Unfortunately, some people who consume too much alcohol also choose to drive home, putting themselves and the public at risk.

Law enforcement Officers are patrolling the roads during this time of year looking for people who exhibit any sign of intoxication. In patrolling, they will often assume that drivers on the road who disobey any traffic law are possibly driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. When law enforcement contacts that person, they will be looking closely for signs of possible intoxication, such as an odor of alcohol or an admission to consuming alcohol recently. In Colorado, it’s illegal to drive a motor vehicle while you are impaired by alcohol to the slightest degree. Being impaired to the slightest degree is known as Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) by alcohol. T

The law states that a blood or breath alcohol content of .05-.08 gives law enforcement a presumption that a driver is impaired to the slightest degree. On average two or three regular consumed in a relatively short period of time will put a person in this range.

In other words, my advice to clients is that if you attend a holiday party and consume more than one drink, it’s advisable that you do not drive a motor vehicle. A DUI or a DWAI charge will dampen the holiday spirit and may lead to lasting consequences, which are both financially costly and embarrassing. Too often I have seen clients go out and drink and then drive home thinking that they are safe to drive. Unfortunately, some have caused accidents and injured themselves and others. It’s safest to not take the chance.

If you live in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Teller County, or the surrounding areas and find yourself in trouble with the law, whether a DUI or other criminal case, call a Colorado Springs DUI attorney who knows the law. At James Newby Law, we believe in people and look for the good in others.

Most of my clients are good people, who make poor choices.

If you are going to consume alcohol this holiday season, do not drink and drive. Be careful, stay safe, and enjoy this wonderful season with family and friends. Do not make it a season or regret.