Tampa, FL (PRWEB) November 19, 2012
While the holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate this special time of the year, it can also cause extreme danger on all of the roadways. According to the National Safety Commission (TNSC), the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most travelled periods during the holiday season – and also one of the most dangerous. In 2008, over 380 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes with thousands suffering injuries ranging from minor to severe. While there are many causes of these accidents (speed, drowsiness, etc.), one of the most prominent is drinking and driving.
The Tampa criminal firm Thomas & Paulk, P.A. urges drivers to be safe when travelling on this holiday weekend. It can be tempting to have a glass or two of alcohol when spending time with family, but getting behind the wheel when under the influence is simply not worth it. According to Attorney Jeffrey Paulk, “It’s simple – if you don’t want to avoid being arrested for drunk driving, you can’t drink and drive. There is no magical solution. The only correct way to avoid a DUI arrest is to only drive when you’re sober.”
With the economy limping, it is also estimated that there will be even more people on the road this year – simply aggravating the already concerning problem. Since the financial crisis hit in 2008, each year has seen an increase in people traveling during the holidays, noted AAA. This year, it is estimated that over 43.6 Americans will travel more than 50 miles – a 0.7 increase from the numbers in 2011. In an effort to keep these travelers safe, law enforcement is gearing up to increase their security. Across the nation, they are preparing to have increased patrolling, sobriety checkpoints and even roadblocks in certain areas.
“With roads saturated with holiday drivers, many are lucky to have the presence of law enforcement,” said Attorney Jeffrey Paulk. “It may be inconvenient, but the truth is that they save lives. If they weren’t there, some of those drunk drivers could cause horrible accidents. It’s better that they’re caught and kept safe.”
Unfortunately, while this increase in law enforcement security has good intentions, it does not always have perfect results. As TNSC points out, one of the most dangerous factors on the holiday weekend is drivers who are simply too tired. This, however, can actually mimic some of the symptoms of drinking while intoxicated. Law enforcement may see erratic speeds, weaving and other driving habits that lead them to believe you are drinking and driving. Faulty tests may corroborate their beliefs. Should this occur, you need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer on your side who can step up and fight for your legal rights.
At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., they hope that your holiday weekend proceeds with fun and safety. If, however, you find yourself facing criminal charges, they encourage you to contact them immediately. They know that a criminal charge does not always reflect criminal guilt; it is their responsibility to ensure that their clients are protected under the law. Do not simply accept the consequences of an arrest without getting the involvement of an attorney who can step up to fight for you. Contact them today.
Thomas & Paulk, P.A. is a criminal defense firm with over 20 years of combined experience. Their Tampa criminal defense lawyers proudly provide high-quality representation to clients throughout the state of Florida. From DUI arrests to violent crimes, they have been able to provide effective help for it all. Throughout the years of practice, they have personally handled more than 7,000 criminal cases. If you are interested in discussing your case, call at 813-321-7323 or visit them at http://www.tampacriminalattorneys.com.