Just this past weekend, thousands of baseball fans flocked to Sloan Park to witness the kickoff of spring training for the Cubs. Not surprisingly, this was a huge event for spring training 2016 with a sold-out crowd cheering on their favorite team during the Cubs vs Reds game. Although there’s always an influx of baseball fans to Arizona for spring training, we continue to see the popularity grow, especially in the Mesa, AZ area where Sloan Park opened in 2014. In fact, the opening of Sloan Park in 2014 brought a crowd of 14,486, which is the largest ever in Cactus League history.
The Cubs continue to draw fans to the Mesa ballpark for a game filled with Cubs pride. Whether you’re a diehard Cubs fan or just a casual observer, most of us like to enjoy a day at the ballpark the same way — with friends, family, and beer. With the fun and casual environment, it can be easy to forget your limits and get behind the wheel while intoxicated. To further explain this subject, DUI attorney Mark Weingart gives more insight on how to avoid a DUI during spring training this year.
Excited to enjoy a baseball game under the Arizona sun? Don’t let that excitement keep you from planning accordingly. Arizona law enforcement are aware that many baseball enthusiasts can be out on the roads after drinking at the game. Any Cubs fans driving in the Mesa, Tempe or Scottsdale area should know that law enforcement is on the lookout for intoxicated drivers. This time last year, the Mesa Police Department made 213 Alcohol/DUI-related arrests in the Central district, Fiesta district, Red Mountain district, and Superstition district during March 2015.
With this in mind, we encourage you to have a plan already in place if you plan on drinking at the stadium. Here’s a round-up of tips to avoid getting charged with a DUI during this spring training season:
Don’t Drink: This may be the most straight-forward, obvious tip to avoid a DUI charge; Simply avoid drinking alcohol to begin with. Instead, choose an alternative beverage, sit back, and enjoy the game. Remember that drinking alcohol under the sun is especially dangerous too! Mixing alcohol with sun exposure and heat can heighten the effects of alcohol and make driving even more dangerous.
Choose a Trusted Designated Driver: If you’ve made the trip from Illinois to watch the Cubs, you’ve probably come with a group. Make sure if you plan on drinking, someone in the group remains sober. Choose a driver that understands the importance of staying sober so no one in your group is at risk for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Use Public Transportation: If you don’t have a trusted driver, plan on taking public transportation. This won’t just cut down on traffic time, but it will also ensure you won’t drink and drive. You can reach Sloan Park by taking the Valley Metro Rail to the Sycamore/Main Street station to then connect with bus route 96 – Dobson. From there, you will be a ¾ mile from Sloan Park.
If you are currently dealing with DUI charges, don’t hesitate to get a start on your case. Having an experienced DUI attorney on your side can make all the difference for your case. Mark Weingart and his talented team at Weingart Firm can help you achieve the best outcome possible for your case. Act quickly and contact us to schedule your no-obligation case review today!