A big part of the holidays in America is sitting around the house with friends and family and enjoying a sip of alcohol. From eggnog to red wine, spirits tend to raise peoples' spirits. In no form of coincidence, the holiday season also shows a spike of driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests and charges every year, in Texas and all across the country. Many law enforcement organizations actually refer to the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day as DWI season.
Are that many people actually getting intoxicated before getting behind the wheel? Or is there something else at play here? One suggestion is that police are expecting more drunk drivers on highways during the holidays – they do call it DWI season – and are therefore arresting people who would have been considered safe to drive during any other time of the year. This plays on the old idea that we typically see what we are looking for.
What Can Be Done to Prevent a DWI?
First and foremost, everyone should be responsible when they operate an automobile. The best way to not get a DWI is to not drink and drive. But there are a few other hints you should keep in mind that can help you:
- Alcohol absorption: As a general rule of thumb, it takes the average person one hour to metabolize one beer, or one shot of stronger liquor. If you have had two cups of eggnog, you should wait at least two hours before driving to reduce your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level and increase your sobriety.
- Ice road control: If you are traveling to colder climates, you need to be aware of possible ice on the road and how it can cause your car to become difficult to control. Police officers may mistake any swerving or sliding due to ice as something caused by intoxication.
- Field sobriety tests: Many people get arrested for failing a field sobriety test (FST), even when they are reasonably sober, due to problems with their balance or nervous twitches. What you may not realize, and may not be told by the officer, is that you can actually refuse an FST without immediate consequences. To some degree, refusing an FST – not to be mistaken for a chemical test – could be your best choice.
If you have more questions about DWIs this holiday season – or if you have already been arrested for a DWI in Texas – contact a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney from Guy L. Womack & Associates today. They have more than 55 years of combined legal experience to use to your advantage – you just need to call 888.736.0299 and request a free consultation over the phone!