We all like to go to a sports game and have a hot dog, a pretzel and a beer. But how much is too much? Many people attend sporting events and have too much to drink and then end up driving home after the game. In Colorado, we have the Denver Broncos, the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Rockies and the Colorado Avalanche. With so many professional sports teams and sporting events to attend, there is too much opportunity for people to exhibit drunk driving behavior.
While it is fun to drink and have a good time at a sporting event, you must put a limit on how much you have to drink. People generally have one to two beers per game, but then there are some people who take things too far and drink way too much. These people need to avoid driving to the game if they plan to consume excessive amounts of alcohol. If you or your friend plans to drink more than two beers at a professional sports game, you should plan to have a sober driver to take you home after the game.
We recently spoke with Donny Hendrickson, an avid Denver Nuggets fan, who tried to drive home drunk after a playoff game last season. He admitted to having five beers at the game and said he knew his behavior was irresponsible. As he left the Pepsi Center for his home in Colorado Springs, he was well aware that he was driving drunk and could have caused an accident, or worse, a fatality. Thankfully, Denver’s highway patrol followed Hendrickson for about ten miles and then pulled him over. The patrol officers could tell he had been driving and went through the typical driving under the influence (DUI) routine. He was arrested on the spot and his car was impounded. Luckily for Hendrickson, it was his first DUI offense and the charges were not severe. His license was revoked and he was left facing large fines. Hendrickson now avoids driving to professional sports games even when he only plans to have one or two beers at the game. His experience proves that you should not drink a lot at sports games and attempt to drive afterward. If it is not your first offense, you will likely be spending more time in jail and have very expensive fines.
Immediately after receiving his charges, Hendrickson contacted a Colorado Springs DUI attorney to help reduce some of his charges, which the attorney was able to do. If you find yourself in a similar situation and need a DUI attorney, Colorado Springs has many experienced professionals who can help.