If you happen to live in South Orange County, California or nearby, you’re
well-aware of the fact that the whole tone changes during the summer.
The beaches become crowded with tourists, the nightlife along Pacific
Coast Highway picks up, and everyone seems to be in a better mood.
Whether you’re staying a couple of nights in a seaside resort, meeting
up with out-of-town friends at one of the local hotspots, or hosting your
own summer bash, surely, alcohol is going to be involved to one degree
or another. There’s just something about enjoying the sunshine and
good company with an ice-cold beer, a glass of wine, or another cocktail
(or three or four).
Summer DUIs in OC’s Beach Cities
Each year, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Orange County’s beach
cities get very busy. Between all of the locals and the seasonal tourists,
there are more drunk drivers on the roads during the summer than usual,
and that’s understandable. If you happen to notice an increase in
patrol cars on PCH during the busy season, it’s for good reason.
Local law enforcement is on high-alert for drunk and drugged drivers during
the summer and you can spot them round-the-clock.
If you’re an Orange County resident, you have more to worry about
than the bumper-to-bumper traffic on Laguna Canyon, the 5 and 405 freeways.
You have to worry about law enforcement nabbing you for drunk driving.
In order to stay DUI-free, don’t forget to drink responsibly this
summer. If you follow these tips, you can be sure that you have a fun,
yet safe summer:
- Plan ahead. If you know you’ll be drinking alcohol, either bring
along a designated driver or have Uber or Lyft pick you up and take you
to your destination.
- If you fail to plan and you end up drinking, call a cab, Uber, or ask to
crash on a friend’s couch.
- If you live near the bar or place you plan on drinking at, walk instead
of driving. However, be careful of walking home while drunk. If you have
way too much to drink, you can be arrested for public intoxication.
- If you’re low on cash, you can always take public transportation,
even though this isn’t the preferred method. However, it’s
a lot better than a DUI!
- If you’re hosting a party where alcohol is being served, pay attention
to your guests. If someone has had too much to drink, take their keys
away from them and arrange for a safe ride home.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we’re not against
having fun. We just want to make sure that everyone who drinks does so
responsibly and avoids drinking and driving! If you do however, get a summer
DUI, don’t hesitate to
contact our firm for a