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Drunk Driving Very High during Fat Tuesday

2023 Mardi Gras – A drunk driving accident in Galveston, TX.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT), the car accident rate doubled during Mardi Gras in 2017.  This rate is unfortunately typical during Fat Tuesday.  Mardi Gras parades and evening parties encourage drinking and inebriation, and this does not translate well to the road.

Houston and Galveston police are setting up DUI checkpoints up and down the I-45 corridor and along major roads such as Seawall Blvd.  This will help remove drunk drivers, prevent DUIs and get people home safely, however it does not always work.

Pedestrian Accidents Often Go Up on Mardi Gras

We often hear about roadway DWI/DUI issues, but pedestrians get hurt too.  Drivers under-the-influence frequently hit people crossing the street, and this rate also goes up on Fat Tuesday.  If you decide to enjoy Mardi Gras parades around the Galveston Boardwalk or in downtown Houston, please look both ways before crossing the street.

How to Avoid a DUI/DWI

We’d love to give you an answer that would lead to you instantly sobering up, but the truth of it is that there is no such solution.  The best way to avoid a DUI is to get a cab/ride-share like Uber or Lift, or find a bed and sleep it off.  It might cost you a bit of money now, but it will cost you MUCH less than jail-time and civil suits.  We have seen DUI/DWI defense cost six figures.  This can be due to:

  • Compensation of Victims: If you were under the influence and hurt someone, you will likely face a civil suit for lost wages, medical bills, and worse.
  • Fines: The State of Texas can fine you up to $10,000 for Drunk Driving.  This fine does not include possible jail time, community service, etc.
  • Legal Fees: DUI/DWI defense attorneys can cost a lot just to help lessen criminal charges.  Civil suits are a different matter that also typically require attorney services.

Galveston DUI/DWI Car Crash Attorneys

If you need a Galveston DUI/DWI Attorney, contact Tylka Law Firm today. Tylka Law attorneys will protect you during a tough time, and get you money and claims for auto damages and medical problems.  If you need assistance right away, give us a call at (281) 557-1500 anytime day or night.

Tylka Law Firm represents clients in League City, Texas, and throughout surrounding areas, including Galveston, Houston, Jefferson County, Chambers County, Alvin, Angleton, Texas City, Baytown, Pearland, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Harris County and throughout the Texas Gulf Coast.

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