Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dangers of Drinking and Driving

With Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl right around the corner, it's important to keep the legal dangers of drinking and driving top of mind. As you go out for the evening, remember it is best to designate a driver or take a cab. Here at Gibbons Law Firm, we want you to have a good time AND stay safe. Our attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks has provided some of the side effects that drinking can have if you try to operate a vehicle.

Delayed Reaction Time

Alcohol can inhibit the time it takes for you to react to a situation. If you are operating a vehicle, you may not have the same reaction time as you would sober. If someone in front of you stops abruptly, you may not be able to get your vehicle stopped in time. If a deer jumps out in the road, you will likely not be able to react in a timely manner to avoid the animal. Swerving may be your instinct and this can lead to overcorrecting or travel off the road.

Lack of Coordination

Your coordination may be impaired when driving under the influence of alcohol. It may make it difficult to navigate the roadway safely. Staying between the lines can be difficult for someone who has been drinking. Coordination is a vital part of safely operating a vehicle.

Blurred Vision

Road lights, signs, and other car's headlights can all blur together if you have been drinking. Many times a drunk driver will subconsciously drive toward a light that catches their eye. This can lead to a very dangerous situation on the road, especially with oncoming traffic.

Impaired Judgement

When drinking, your judgment may be impaired. This is not a good attribute of a driver. Your judgment of traffic and other situations on the roadway may be hindered if you have alcohol in your system. It's best to have a ride home lined up before you even head out for the Mardi Gras festivities.

If you are pulled over for drinking and driving, you will likely get a DWI charge. The legal ramifications of such a charge can have a lasting impact on your entire life. A revoked license, jail time, a hefty fine, and educational courses are all punishments you may be sentenced to if you drink and drive. Help keep the roadways safer and stay off them if you have been drinking. A taxi is much less expensive than a DUI conviction!

Now that you know the dangers of drinking and driving, you can be prepared before you go out for Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm wants you to stay safe as you enjoy this annual event in the area. If you do end up with legal trouble on your hands, give Gibbons Law Firm a call. We always offer a free initial consultation with our experienced lawyer. Remember to stay safe and designate a driver if you are out drinking!

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.

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Gibbons Law Firm
2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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