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Independence Day: A reminder that drunk driving is dangerous

Independence Day means many Louisiana residents attend holiday parties, enjoy fireworks and maybe even a few drinks. During holidays, law enforcement officials are ordinarily out in force looking for drivers who may have partied just a little too hard. Drunk driving is dangerous, and it can also be costly to someone's personal and professional lives.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported in 2015 that on Independence Day alone, 146 people died in alcohol-related crashes in which the blood alcohol concentration of at least one of the drivers was at least .08. Another 92 people died in drunk driving crashes with at least one driver whose BAC was .15 or more. The following year, 95 people suffered injuries and seven died on July 4, 2016 alone.

Many people believe that only having one drink every hour will keep them from being considered legally drunk. Unfortunately, this idea fails to consider other factors such as gender, age and weight, among other things. An individual could still be over the .08 threshold and end up arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Making such a mistake could be costly at any time of the year, not just on holidays. Not only could an individual face the criminal penalties associated with a conviction for drunk driving, but the incident could also wreak havoc on that person's professional and personal lives. It may be possible to take control of the situation early by seeking the advice and assistance of a Louisiana criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to avoid a conviction or at least reduce the charges.

Source: shreveporttimes.com, "Remember to drive sober this holiday season", July 1, 2017

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