There is nothing merry about going ho-ho-home in handcuffs. The elves at Taps and Caps want our guests to have a safe and fun holiday season. The first step in that direction is to know what the DUI laws in Texas are and to plan ahead so that you have a designated driver for those nights you head out on the town to celebrate.
What is the legal BAC level?
The legal blood alcohol limit in Texas is 0.08 percent. That’s roughly one beer, one shot of whiskey or one glass of wine per hour, although this is just a general guideline. Metabolism rates can vary widely based on age, health, medications, and other factors so it is important to know your limits and stay well within them.
What else is considered as a DUI?
Texas DUI laws also prohibit drivers or passengers from having open containers in vehicles or supplying alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. These can carry a fine of $500 or more.
What are the consequences?
Penalties for a first-time DUI in Texas can include a fine of up to $2,000, three to 180 days in jail, and the loss of your license for up to a year. Additionally, drivers need to pay an annual fee of $1,000 to $2,000 for up to three years to regain their driving privileges.
Texas DUI laws are even harsher for second and third offenses, and for those when the driver has a child in the vehicle. DUI laws in Texas allow prosecutors to seek fines of up to $10,000 and jail sentences of up to 10 years in prison for these offenses.
The bottom line at the bottom of the glass: It’s just not worth it.
This year, have fun and save yourself the headaches and hassles that come when driving over the legal alcohol limit in Texas. Uber, Lyft, AAA, taxis, and sober friends and family are the best way to get home after a night of celebration. A $20 or $30 taxi ride is certainly a lot cheaper than the fines and lost income that a DUI in Texas comes with.
Lone Star Taps and Caps has some fabulous brews on tap for you to enjoy this season. Whether you are stopping by after work or heading out to celebrate on New Year’s, we are looking forward to serving up plenty of holiday cheer to our clients who have made this a banner year for our brewery.
At the end of the night when you are ready to go home, just ask and we will be happy to call a ride for you so that you can get home safe and sound. Then you will be able to snooze the night away with visions of barley and hops dancing in your head.