Engage with your local authorities before you have to

The freedom to drink responsibly is one of the great rights that America grants its citizens. Even though each state maintains its own statutes about how drinking is to be handled and by whom, alcohol is nothing to be afraid of, in and of itself. It is true that some individuals are more prone to overindulge and engage in risky behavior, but for the majority of the population it is possible to drink regularly and not to run afoul of the law. Even many police officers understand that drinking is a culturally accepted component of the coming-of-age process, as demonstrated in a recent "responsible drinking" event held for Missouri State University students by local police.

Police partnered with the Taylor Health and Wellness Center to give students an opportunity to experience various states of simulated inebriation in a controlled environment. The department hopes that by allowing students to interface directly with the department, they will have a more complete understanding of both the effects of alcohol and the department's policies on how to deal with students who are publicly inebriated.

While this particular event focused primarily on college, its principles can apply to everyone who consumes alcohol, especially in public places, possibly before getting behind the wheel. While different states maintain different specific regulations, the federal limit for an individual's blood alcohol content 0.08, but being involved in an traffic accident with even this amount or less in your bloodstream may result in consequences.

Another use issue raised by the event is the potential advantages of investing in establishing relationships with the civil servants in your area. Not only may it help you avoid unnecessary ticketing or charges, it helps you become a better citizen by putting names and faces to ones who are risking their lives to keep you safe.

Still, drunk driving charges are to be taken very seriously. If you have been charged with drunk driving, the representation of an experienced attorney can help you navigate this process and ensure that you receive the fairest possible outcome.

Source: The Standard, "Alcohol safety event teaches students to 'use alcohol properly’," Jenna deJong, accessed Nov. 17, 2016

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