From Kegs-and-Eggs to green beer, restaurants and bars all over Fairfax and Northern Virginia are offering fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from breakfast to midnight. Known for its drinking, this holiday is a favorite among those, Irish or not, who like to chow down on corned beef and cabbage and guzzle their favorite beer.
The problem with doing all that celebrating, however, is that it puts drunk drivers on the road. The police are well aware of this and double their efforts to stop it on St. Patrick’s Day. This puts you in great danger of being pulled over and charged with DUI if you have been drinking and decide to get behind the wheel.
Reducing the Risk of Getting Pulled Over
You want to have fun and drink, but you don’t want to put your life or the lives of others at risk. You also don’t want to have a DUI on your record. Unfortunately, there’s no magic on this lucky holiday that can stop that, unless you simply don’t drink and drive. You can instead, however:
- Party at home. Invite a few friends over and have them spend the night. This allows you to have as much fun as you want without putting yourself or anyone else in jeopardy. Area stores and grocery markets will be well-stocked with Irish treats to pump up the party.
- Don’t drink. As crazy as it may sound, enjoying yourself on St. Patrick’s Day is possible without involving alcohol. Enjoy some of the best Irish cuisine around or act as the designated driver for your friends. Who knows? This could be the best St. Patrick’s Day you’ve had, as you likely won’t feel terrible with a hangover the next day.
- Don’t drive. If you must go out and drink, call a cab or a designated driver. In fact, Washington Regional Alcohol Program will be offering SoberRide, a free taxi service for Washington-area residents from 4:00 pm March 17 through 4:00 am March 18. Put this number in your phone to be prepared: 1-800-200-TAXI.
Don’t Count on Luck to Help With Your DUI
If you have been issued a DUI, the Easley Law Firm wants to help. We may be able to have the charges reduced or even dropped. Contact us today to find out how.