The holidays are a time of joy and excitement. Spending time with friends, family, and out-of-town guests, we regain a sense of who we are and where we came from. It’s an eternal tradition. But unfortunately, during this time of year, drunk driving is at its worst. In fact, according to a four-year study, over 42% of all traffic deaths were the fault of drunk drivers on New Year’s Eve. Now that the 2017 holiday season is well underway, we here at Keith J. Williams Law want to remind everyone to enjoy time with family and friends responsibly.
You may be familiar with Pennsylvania’s DUI penalties. But as your experienced and local DUI defense lawyers serving the residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, PA, we’d like to provide a brief overview of them with you.
Pennsylvania DUI Tiering
The Keystone state boasts a series of penalty tiers that depend on the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). They are as follows: .08-.099, .10-.159 and .16 and above. While .08 is the standard measurement used across the country to indicate a general motorist is too impaired to drive, Pennsylvania has stricter limits on other types of drivers. For instance, commercial drivers are limited to a .04 BAC and drivers under the age of 21 must not have more than a .02 BAC. Depending on how low or high a driver’s BAC was and if it’s his or her first, second, or third offense will determine the severity of the penalties imposed for the DUI.
Our Advice to Any Driver Taking the Wheel This Holiday Season – Don’t Drink and Drive!
Impairment reduces your reaction time—when it’s most critical—in the midst of other drivers on the road. So, simply put, don’t drink and drive this holiday season.
Should you have to contend with a DUI down the road, you can freely and confidentially consult your local DUI lawyer in the Doylestown, PA area, Keith J. Williams Law. Our firm understands the ins and outs of PA DUI law and the court system, and we’ll do what we can to make sure your rights are protected. To learn more, please browse our site.