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17 arrested on drinking charges in Las Vegas during New Year

It can be tempting to risk driving for even a short period after having a little to drink, but it's important to consider the consequences.
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    February 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- New Year's Eve has come and gone, and most of us have already rung in 2014 and gone back to life as usual. Some, however, will unfortunately have drunk driving charges to contend with, after making a poor decision during the festivities or simply being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's common knowledge among most Americans that the holidays are a dangerous time for drunk driving. For this reason, Las Vegas law enforcement would have been in full force during New Year's Eve, attempting to make sure everyone made it home safely.

People driving around town during the holidays may have also seen any number of sobriety checkpoints. According to the Governor's Highway Safety Association, checkpoints are allowed in Nevada once or twice a month. The Centers for Disease Control claim that when checkpoints are present, alcohol-related crashes are consistently reduced by about 9 percent.

How effective were efforts to prevent drunk driving?

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 17 people were arrested on drinking-related charges in Las Vegas during New Year's Eve - an impressive feat, since the celebration in our city is known for being one of the largest and most festive in the world, boasting more than 335,000 visitors this year. Amazingly, only four people were arrested on DUI charges in Vegas, while the Nevada Highway Patrol reported 37 DUI arrests altogether.

New Year's Eve may be over, but there are always reasons to celebrate. Nobody says that people shouldn't go out and have a good time with friends, but in order to stay safe and avoid the costly penalties of a drunk driving charge, it's always a good idea to follow some basic tips on drinking responsibly. MADD has provided a simple checklist that can help anyone enjoy a fun night out and avoid getting arrested:
- Before going out, appoint a designated sober driver.
- Plan for a taxi, car service or limousine to help you safely celebrate.
- Don't be afraid to call someone to take you home.
- If partying at a friend's, consider spending the night instead of leaving for home.
- Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking.
- Don't let someone leave a party drunk.

It can be tempting to risk driving for even a short period after having a little to drink, but it's important to consider the consequences: with a blood alcohol content of 0.02 percent, a person's judgment and perception starts to be affected; at 0.08 percent, the legal limit, a driver's concentration, control and muscle coordination will be dangerously impaired. Attempting to drive home after a celebration isn't worth the risk of hurting someone, let alone getting arrested.

Getting help from an attorney

Regardless of the reasons surrounding a DUI arrest, everyone has the right to be treated fairly in court. If you're dealing with a drunk driving charge after the holidays, contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney to protect your rights.

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