Don’t drink and drive can be easier said than done.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that 56.4% of Americans have had a drink in the last month (2013), and that 7.4% of adults over the age of 18 have Alcohol Use Disorders. So in a country where only half the population drinks, 7.4% of adults are severely abusing alcohol.
In contrast, look at France. We see that stereotypical image of the Frenchman wearing black-and-white stripes, skinny jeans, a beret, and touting a baguette in one hand, and a wine glass in the other. Indeed, while 31% of Americans are abstainers, only 5. 2% are in France. However, Alcohol Use Disorders only affect 5.5% of the French population.
Where is the disconnect? Age Standardized Road deaths make up for 7% of the population in the U.S.A, but only 2.7% in France. Death and Alcohol Abuse are far more prevalent in a country where abstinence is frequently taught and modeled. In France, it’s expected that everyone drink a little wine with their meal. It’s a normal part of their lifestyle. If everyone is drinking so frequently, it would seem that DUI lawyers would have a thriving job over there. And yet that is not the case.
How to Avoid Needing a Philadelphia DUI Lawyer
DUI’s aren’t fun, and the average cost of DUI lawyer services can really get up there. Fortunately, if you follow these tips, you and/or your children won’t need a DUI lawyer.
- Know your drinks. A shot of tequila or a bottle of wine? They’re about the same in alcohol content. Since you’d never drive after drinking an entire bottle of wine, don’t drive after doing shots (even if it’s just one). Quantity does not always equal effect.
- Know your (true) limits. Some people are put to sleep by just one beer, while others feel fine. Hint: they both have just about the same blood alcohol content. Even if you feel fine after a beer or two, don’t drive. Feeling fine and having the blood alcohol content necessary to drive are, again, not equivalent.
- Create a safe environment. Surround yourself with people who are also committed to community and moderation. The kind of people who will gladly offer you a place to crash before they would even consider letting you drive home in a compromised state.
- When it comes to avoiding having to give a Philadelphia DUI defense, remember that the laws are there for a reason. If your blood alcohol content is over the limit, don’t blame the limit. It’s there to keep everyone safe–including you.
Most Philadelphia DUI lawyers won’t tell you these things, but TMH Law is passionate about justice for all. TMH Law knows that justice can mean informing the public on how to avoid a DUI accident.
But if you or a loved one need a DUI lawyer, don’t hesitate to reach out to the DUI attorney who cares–call the law offices of Thomas More Holland today because experience counts; results matter.