December has arrived, which means it’s the holiday season, also known as a busy time of year for the average social calendar. With the company Christmas party, the family gatherings, and other assorted holiday parties you’re sure to be invited to, chances are you just might find yourself having an alcoholic drink or two at a party that you will then have to drive yourself home from. While everyone is constantly encouraged to drink responsibly, unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen.
DUIs Are Deadly
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nationally, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving accidents during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. More than 25% of all accident fatalities involve alcohol. Because of these statistics, law enforcement agencies all over Georgia are committed to cracking down on drunk driving and driving under the influence (DUI).
It’s In Your Blood
Nationally, the legal blood alcohol content level (BAC) is 0.08%. That means that you can be arrested for DUI if your BAC level is higher than 0.08%, even if you can drive safely and don’t feel “drunk” or like you’re “under the influence” of alcohol or some other controlled substance. The only proof that a law enforcement officer needs in order to arrest you for DUI is a BAC level of 0.08% or higher – no questions asked. In Georgia, there are actually three different legal limits for BAC levels. They are as follows:
- If the driver is younger than 21, the legal limit is 0.02%.
- If operating a commercial vehicle, the legal limit is 0.04%.
- If driver is 21 or older and operating a standard passenger vehicle, the legal limit is 0.08%.
Georgia is what’s known as an implied consent state, which means that you entered into an agreement with them when you signed for your driver’s license and that your signature serves as your consent to submit to sobriety tests. If you should refuse to submit to a sobriety test, the result is an automatic, one-year suspension of your license and most probably, an arrest.
If You’re Arrested
If arrested, one of the first calls you’re going to want to make is to a licensed bail bondsman or bonding agent that can work to get you out of jail as quickly and as efficiently as possible. A proper bonding agent is not only a trustworthy advocate, but also helpful, knowledgeable, and attentive to the needs of the arrested party and their family in this scary time. Because it’s often times a traumatic situation, the right bail bondsman will consult with the defendant and their family, working closely to help explain the legal process so that the defendant’s family or friends can make good decisions regarding bail and the bond process.
Help Is One Call Away
So as you venture out this holiday season, vow to drink responsibly. Of course, it goes without saying that nobody ever plans to find themselves on the wrong end of a DUI arrest, but it’s comforting to know that a bail bondsman is available to help in the unfortunate event that you need one.