Even the luck of the Irish can’t stop a DUI

March 8, 2018

Tint World® urges customers to be smart on St. Paddy’s Day

There’s no bigger buzzkill than getting stopped by the cops after you’ve quaffed a few down at the local Irish pub. And there’s no bigger party foul than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

We can make your car as stylish, clean and well-appointed as you want, but what you do with it after a visit to Tint World® is up to you. As a public service message, we urge you to avoid drinking and driving following St. Patrick’s Day festivities on March 17. We don’t want you to crash, for starters, messing up whatever quality work you just paid for us to do. But there are other, much more serious reasons to avoid even the remote chance of a DUI, whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or not.

Here is just a quick sampling of reasons to call a ride service, have a designated driver, or walk to and from wherever festivities may be:

  • Just because you blow under the legal limit of .08 percent BAC doesn’t mean you are off the hook. Police officers can testify you appeared obviously intoxicated and were in no position to drive, regardless of the BAC. Judges can make this determination, too.
  • If you cause a crash involving injury or death while driving while intoxicated, you could be brought up on vehicular assault or homicide charges. A standard DUI is nothing compared to a deserved murder rap.
  • A good attorney will likely cost at least $1,500. Coupled with fines, impoundment costs, court costs and fees, and higher insurance premiums, the costs of a DUI can easily approach $10,000.
  • You can go to jail, which is mandatory in some states even for first offenders.
  • You can lose your driver’s license. Getting rides from your spouse, significant other or friends are going to wear thin, quickly, especially if you live a long way from work.
  • Your insurance costs can go through the roof, or you may be deemed uninsurable.
  • The stigma and stress associated with a DUI conviction – or even charge – is tremendous. There is very little sympathy for drunken drivers, even among friends or family.

We all make mistakes, and you may know someone who has already gotten a DUI. They will likely tell you they wish they had walked or hailed a cab or car service.

The costs of a DUI are too immense to risk, and forget about the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. That luck can run out quickly, and you’ll never forget the sight of those blue lights behind you.

Be safe. Be smart. Be responsible. Don’t drink and drive.