Motorists Face Increased Risk of Drunk Driving Charges in Palm Beach over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

With St. Patrick’s Day kicking off the start of a four-day weekend for many, authorities are expected to be out in force. Our Palm Beach DUI defense lawyers wish each of you a safe and enjoyable weekend and encourage you to celebrate responsibly and call if you get into trouble.

Initially celebrated as a Catholic holiday, the original color for St. Patrick’s Day was blue! It was made a feast day in the 17th Century and has gradually become a secular holiday in celebration of Irish heritage. In the United States it is one of the biggest days of the year for beer consumption and is among the busiest at bars and restaurants.

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Law enforcement agencies throughout South Florida are planning additional enforcement, including sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols. Such enforcement blitzes frequently increase a motorist’s risks of being unfairly targeted and/or charged with DUI in Palm Beach or Broward counties.
ABC 25 News reports a Palm Beach company is offering professional designated drivers — taking people anywhere they want to go for $12 to $15 an hour. A number of bars in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach have agreed to use the service, which uses a customer’s own car and a paid sober driver. One of its primary advantages is a customer is not forced to leave their vehicle behind, which is usually the case when using a taxi or public transportation.

The Broward and Palm Beach New Times is offering recipes for four delicious non-alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day drinks for designate drivers and non-drinkers, including the Not-So-Wild Irish Rose and the Minty Spritzer.

And Mothers Against Drunk Driving is offering “Kiss Me I’m Sober” designated-driving coupons that sober motorists can give to friends.

Agencies are offering the following safety tips:

-Make sure guests have a sober ride home.

-Serve lots of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

-Keep the numbers of local cab companies handy and don’t let friends or guests drive drunk.

-Designate a sober driver.

-Always wear your seat belt.

If you are facing drunk driving charges in Broward or Palm Beach counties, contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, a Partnership of Former Prosecutors, for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1.888.5.DEFEND.

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