Drinking and driving in Milwaukee is not a new problem in our modern society. The truth of the matter is that most people who consume alcoholic beverages, at one point or the other, end up driving after drinking. This has been proven by recent statistics that show over 1 million DUI arrests are made each year, and nearly half of those arrested (500,000) are repeat offenders. DUI related accidents are also a leading cause of deaths on our roads and highways.
There are numerous campaigns out there today that try to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. It is not uncommon to come across billboards with messages such as ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ and ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’ along major roads and highways. These messages are considered somewhat effective in reducing the occurrence of this age old vice. However, the problem does not seem to be going away anytime soon. More and more people are still being arrested for drinking and driving.
Affects of Drunk Driving
If you decide to drive after indulging in a couple or more than a couple of alcoholic drinks, you must be prepared to face the consequences of your actions. Your decision to drive under the influence may affect you and other people around you negatively. The consequences of drinking and driving can be observed from the first time you drive after consuming alcohol. Your intoxication affects your judgment, perception, reflexes and overall coordination. Even one drink can affect your decision-making skills as you drive. This can lead to terrible consequences if not addressed.
The consequences of drinking and driving are obvious. Most people wish they knew how severe the consequences of being arrested for a DUI were as they might have limited the amount of alcohol they consumed or even not drank at all. However, limiting how much you drink before driving is not the best solution as you may still end up being pulled over by a police officer and the odor of alcohol is found evident. Most drivers arrested for DUI are usually in a hurry to get home meaning they are more prone to making mistakes while driving.
No matter how careful you try to be, there is still a high chance that the alcohol in your system will affect your driving behavior. All you need to do is drive faster than the speed limit, make an abrupt stop at the stop sign, run a red light, change lanes too quickly, fail to turn on your headlights at night or even play music too loud for you to be noticed by an officer on patrol. Next thing you know, you will be heading to the police precinct in handcuffs.
There are numerous consequences of driving under the influence such as paying thousands of dollars in court fines, losing driving privileges for several months or years, being sentenced to probation and community service, being sentenced to jail, getting a criminal record that could affect your career and many others. If you have been involved in a DUI-related incident, the best course of action is to hire a qualified DUI attorney to handle your case.