Spring Break Time Means DUI’s and Car Accidents

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Ahhh yes. We are once again nearing that special time when kids of all ages get to experience Spring Break! But some “kids” enjoy Spring Break entirely too much. With thousands of college aged kids headed south with coolers full of six packs of bee..I mean cokes, the odds of getting arrested for DUI or being invovled in a car accident increase significantly.

I cannot tell you how many college Spring Breakers we have represented here in Mississippi who were stopped by the cops for minor traffic violations only to be found in possession of weed or other drugs. That really cut their fun short when they had to call Mom and Dad from jail to get bail money.

Tragedy often accompanies these bad decisions as well. In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that drunk driving claimed the lives of more than 10,000 motorists. Nationally, 32% of traffic fatalities for the year were alcohol related. Florida, a popular spring break destination, was over the national average, reporting 904 fatalities, or 35%, where at least one driver tested with a .01 BAC level. Alarmingly, 21% of fatalities occurred in Florida when the driver tested at a level of .15 or higher which is almost double the legal limit. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System used by the NHTSA reported March as the second most dangerous month when it comes to crashes involving alcohol.

If you are headed for Spring Break in the next few weeks seeking fun in the sun, please keep these tips in mind so you don’t end up as a statistic:

Know your limit. Too much alcohol consumption can only lead to bad things so know when you have enough.

-Designate a driver if you plan to bar hop with a car. Law enforcement is on high alert during the months of February-April and getting caught driving under the influence has serious consequences. Not to mention the dangers.

-Refrain from engaging in dangerous situations in a car, bar, or bedroom where alcohol is involved.

-Recognize the symptoms of alcohol poisoning. Seek medical attention immediately if symptoms are detected.

-Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know.

Charles R. “Chuck” Mullins has been enjoying Spring Break as an attorney for over 16 years. Please check out Chuck’s website for more information.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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