No one is telling you not to celebrate this holiday season. If you decide to indulge in some festive drinking with friends and family, cheers! However, don’t drink and drive. The phrase “don’t drink and drive” is something we hear constantly. Unfortunately, the people who need to hear it most often and loudest don’t get the message.
MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, has teamed up with Uber to give people the means and the incentive to get a ride instead of putting their own lives — and the lives of everyone else on the road — at risk. MADD’s holiday drunk driving awareness campaign is called Tie One on for Safety. Drivers are asked to attach a red ribbon to their cars to remind people to have a designated driver in place — before they head out to a party.
As part of a survey conducted by MADD this year, in honor of the organization’s 35th anniversary, people were asked how they feel about services such as Uber when it comes to the idea of planning ahead for a driver:
Twenty three percent of people asked said they think about ridesharing services like Uber when the topic of choosing a designated driver comes to mind
About 31 percent of people, under age 30, say they have called a ridesharing service to get home safely after a night of drinking
About half of the people surveyed, between the ages of 21 and 34, consider ridesharing services to be valuable or extremely valuable
Even with the best plans in place, some people will get behind the wheel of their car and drive while intoxicated. Police will be out in force this holiday season, looking for drunk drivers. If you are charged with drunk driving, comply with police orders to take a breath test but do not answer any questions without an attorney present. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
At Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. you can rely on our experienced criminal defense lawyers to protect your rights and do everything we can to get your DWI/DUI charges downgraded or dismissed entirely. If you have been charged with any traffic crime, including DUI, in New Jersey, you need to make sure that your first call is to an experienced attorney who can help you avoid jail time.