William Mattar’s Safe Ride Home 4 the Holidays

The holiday season kicks off with the night before Thanksgiving, which has rapidly become a popular night for friends to gather and reconnect. As the entire month of December is filled with holiday parties and celebration, perhaps not coincidentally, December is National Impaired Driving Awareness Month.  As such, there is an elevated awareness of drinking and driving prevention especially since there are major holidays in December and then New Year’s Eve, and that means a lot of celebrating. December is also traditionally a month where snow and ice in the Northeast make driving extremely dangerous. The combination creates elevated concerns for safety. All about safety and ready to help people, William Mattar law offices’ Safe Ride Home 4 the Holidays Program is offering you an opportunity to get you and your car home from a holiday celebration through their friends at Designated Drivers of Buffalo (DDOB).

The program will offer all registrants a Designated Drivers of Buffalo membership along with a free ride or ride discount.  DDOB services ensure that people (and their vehicles) get a safe ride home throughout the holiday season and beyond.   Celebrate the holidays safely with William Mattar’s Safe Ride Home 4 the Holidays Programdelivered through Designated Drivers of Buffalo.

It’s easy to participate! Register below because EVERYONE IS A WINNER! Within 24 hours, registrants will receive a Designated Drivers Membership along with a free ride or a ride discount.  We encourage you to redeem your prize so that you (and your vehicle) arrive home safe during the holidays. However, the prizes do not expire until 11/1/2019.

Registration for William Mattar’s Safe Home 4 the Holidays is open until December 31, 2018 or when $80,000 worth of prizes are given away (based on Designated Drivers of Buffalo’s approximate value for each prize), whichever comes first. Designated Drivers of Buffalo has indicated that a membership with a free ride prize has an approximate value of $200 and a membership with a discounted ride prize has an approximate value up to $124. Free ride prize and discounted ride prize are for one-way service only and not available to shuttle service. You must have your own car, as this service is to drive you home in your own vehicle.

Drunk Driving Is Not A Joke

From 2003 to 2012, there were 3,752 deaths in New York State due to drunk drivers. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious crime with fines and penalties associated with conviction.

The penalties for first-time offenders who have a BAC under the .08 legal BAC level for being intoxicated:

  • 15 days in jail
  • 90 day license suspension
  • Maximum fine of $500.00

The penalties for first-time offenders who have a BAC over .08 and are considered legally drunk are:

  • One year in jail
  • License revoked for six months
  • A maximum court fine of $1,000.00

It is important to remember that along with court fines, you could also face a list of other fees and fines that could considerably increase your financial burden. A suspended license is reissued once the suspension is over. But to get a revoked license back, you must follow a procedure that includes driving classes taken at your expense, a series of fees, and retaking your driver’s test.

Once you have paid your fines and have done any jail time, your DWI will still haunt you. When you get your license back, you might find it extremely difficult to get auto insurance at a reasonable cost. If you plan on applying for a job that involves driving, you are going to find it difficult to get the job with a DWI on your record.

The penalties in New York State for repeat DWI offenders get increasingly more strict. In most cases, repeat offenders are charged with a felony-level crime. The bottom line is that driving while under the influence of alcohol, no matter how little you think you may have consumed, is just not worth it.

The Benefits Of Having A Designated Driver

The idea of having a designated driver with you if you intend to drink alcohol has been around for a very long time. Some people are fortunate enough to have friends who like to go out on the weekends, but these friends do not drink. In these instances, the friends are usually happy to be the designated driver so everyone else can be safe.

There are responsible drivers who take turns being the designated driver for their group. Each week, one of the group members volunteers to be the designated driver and keeps everyone safe. The next week, someone new takes over and the group avoids any problems with drinking and driving.

Having a designated driver means there is someone in your group you trust to not drink during the night, and get you home safely. Instead of calling a taxi or an Uber driver and relying on someone you don’t know to get home and having to leave your car in a place you will probably forget in the morning, you wake up the next morning with only your hangover to worry about.

Utilizing a designated driver means there is no fear of getting into an accident and hurting yourself or someone else. You do not have to worry about the legal ramifications of driving while intoxicated, and you avoid all of the long-term financial problems that come with a DWI conviction. Utilizing a designated driver is the smart choice if you intend to head out for the night sampling the adult beverages that businesses in your area have to offer.

And when you are out celebrating and do not have a designated driver with you, Designated Drivers of Buffalo can help get you and your vehicle home safely. One of the DDOB drivers will drive you home in your vehicle while another DDOB drivers follows behind. This allows them to get you and your vehicle to your home, then both drivers are on their way to help another in need of their services.

DWI And Buffalo Road Conditions

As we mentioned before, one of the reasons for the William Mattar Safe Ride Home 4 the Holidays program is to prevent the dangerous combination of drunk driving and Buffalo winter roads. That white Christmas snow that falls throughout the area can become a deadly sheet of ice on the roads. When you drive drunk, your ability to anticipate issues and handle road problems is severely inhibited. Driving drunk on icy roads at night is a sure recipe for disaster.

You also need to think about the repercussions of your actions if your choose to drive drunk on icy roads.  In one night, thanks to a very bad decision, your life could change forever and you would be responsible for ruining the lives of so many other people.

We believe strongly in staying safe when deciding to go out and celebrate the holidays. We are proud of our Safe Ride Home 4 the Holidays program, and we encourage everyone to use it.