How To Have Fun While Staying Safe On St. Patrick’s Day 

Saint Patrick's Day PartySt. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and most cities have annual parades to celebrate with traditional Irish food, events, and specialty drinks. In fact, Buffalo has its own St. Patrick’s Day parade with bands, dancers, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. While this is always a fun time to celebrate with friends and family, this is also a day that invites the potential of excess drinking. The last thing you’ll want on a fun day of celebrating is to be involved in an accident that could have been prevented, so from our team at The O’Brien Law Firm, we hope you have a safe holiday weekend by following these tips. 

Plan Ahead 

If you know you’re going to be partaking in drinking a traditional green beer or Irish whiskey, you should do so responsibly. Moreover, keep in mind that police officers will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence and people that may have had too much to drink. Knowing what to expect and planning ahead will allow you to have a good time while still being safe. 

When you know you’re going to drink: 

  • Have a designated driver that will refrain from drinking to take you home  
  • Call a taxi 
  • Stay at a hotel close by to walk back to
  • Limit and pace yourself 
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water 

Crowds 

Events usually bring in large crowds ready to celebrate and those people can be rambunctious. Crowds of people bring in the potential that you may trip, slip, and/or fall due to the negligence of another or business establishment. Furthermore, crowds of rowdy people can lead to being shoved or pushed causing injuries.  

You can try your best to keep to yourself with the people you’re with, but it is practically inevitable that you will find yourself side by side with strangers. When you find yourself in a predicament, make sure you remain aware of your surroundings and even more cautious of people, things, and potential dangers around you. 

Helping Others And New York’s Good Samaritan Law 

When you’re going to be around a lot of people with alcohol free-flowing, you will likely see someone that has had too much to drink. If you ever fear that someone else is in danger or see an intoxicated party-goer getting behind the wheel, New York has enacted a 911 Good Samaritan Law that will allow you to contact police without fear of retribution. This can help prevent accidents, injuries, and death. 

Under most circumstances, this law provides that even if you are in possession of alcohol, you will not be charged for notifying police of someone that may be in peril. This law came into effect to encourage people to help others without fear of being charged with alcohol possession when they are trying to help someone. 

Contact Us 

If you are injured due to the negligence of another person, The O’Brien Law Firm offers free, no obligation consultations. Personal injuries can be stressful, but you can count on us to help you receive the compensation required for your expenses endured following an injury. Call us today: (716) 907-7777. 

Why You Should Never Drink and Drive

Keys and alcohol on a tableDrunk driving has been a serious issue around the world as it has been the direct cause of fatal car accidents. Driving can be dangerous as it is without any impairment, so driving after drinking will clearly be an even bigger risk.

In fact, car accidents caused by drunk drivers have killed thousands of people annually. With the injury and mortality rates being so high, police officers and citizens have been even more vigilant than ever to spot drunk drivers and find ways to stop them.

Regulations

Most people of legal drinking age know that they cannot legally drive when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is above .08%. However, as little as one drink can cause impairments including slow reactions, sleepiness, distractions, and difficulty steering or braking. Your age, weight, and recent food intake will all affect your reaction and tolerance levels to alcohol. For example, it’ll take a lot more alcohol for a heavier person to feel the same impairments alcohol can cause a thin person.

For most people, only one drink will likely make their BAC at .01% and cause it to continually increase drink after drink. “One drink” also has multiple meanings, however: one drink means one glass of beer/wine or one shot of liquor. Therefore, when you order a cocktail prepared by a bartender, there will likely be more than one shot. In that case, even if you are technically having “one drink,” you have to consider that not all drinks are created equally.

Nevertheless, you can still be pulled over and in violation of drunk driving laws even when you’re under the .08% mark. If your driving falls substantially below what is reasonably expected of you after having even one drink, you can still be fined and charged. Even when you think you know your alcohol levels and what you can handle, you may not realize how impaired your diving can be due to intoxication.

Repercussions

Repercussions to driving under the influence are severe. Not only do you risk injuring yourself and others on the road, but a “drinking while intoxicated” (DWI) violation will stay on your record, cost you fines, make you go to court, have your license suspended, and possibly serve jail time. In New York, you can also receive an aggravated DWI or increased penalties under certain circumstances such as having a BAC over .18%, being a repeat offender, having illicit drugs on you, or if a minor was in the car.

There is never a good excuse to drive after drinking, and you can always find a better and safer alternative. When you go out to a bar, restaurant, or party, you’ll be able to steer clear of any drunk driving repercussions by:

  • Having a designated driver that won’t be drinking to take you home;
  • Calling a taxi, friend, or family member to pick you up;
  • Limiting yourself to one drink only; or
  • Simply not drinking at all. When you know you’re going to drive, drinking is never worth it.

Contact Us

If you were involved in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you may be able to recover compensation. We offer free initial consultations to discuss what happened and see if we can help. Call us today: (716) 907-7777.