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The dangers of drinking and driving over the holidays

The holidays are the time for celebration and meeting up with old friends and family. These celebrations, however, can take a bad turn if you drink and drive. Whether you are getting together with family at a party or escaping family events to hang out with friends at a bar, be careful if you drink before getting behind the wheel.

Drunk driving has consequences

In New York, there are thousands of accidents caused by drunk driving every year. Out of those accidents, hundreds of people die each year in fatal accidents caused by drunk driving. Compared to women and other age groups, the rate of fatality is higher for men between the ages of 21 and 34.

In addition to the physical risks of drunk driving, there are serious legal consequences. New York state police increase patrols around the holidays, and they are watching for any signs of impaired driving. They know the statistics about the rate of young men drinking and driving, and they keep an eye out for those types of drivers late at night. If you are arrested, you could face jail time, the loss of your license and heavy fines.

Don't become another statistic. Keep an eye on the number of drinks you have had. If you think you may be impaired, have a sober friend drive you home or call an Uber, Lyft or cab. It is better to play it safe so that you don't risk arrest, injury or death on the road.

What to do if you are arrested

If you are arrested for drunk driving, you have options. You may be able to negotiate a plea bargain or take your case to trial. An attorney can explain these options, act as your advocate and take action to protect your rights.

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