Backyard Barbecues Can Be a Recipe for DUIs, According to Corso & Rhude

From: Law Office of Corso & Rhude
Published: Mon May 31 2010

Imagine that backyard barbecue or pool party you’re planning on having this Memorial Day. Something like hot dog buns or propane always gets forgotten, causing a last-minute trip to the store, right?

Before you pick up the keys this Memorial Day, though, the attorneys at the Law Office of Corso & Rhude want you to stop and think: Have you had a drink?

"DUIs are very common during the summer months," said Christopher Corso, of the Law Office of Corso & Rhude. "And many times they happen very close to home, when you relax your standards and don’t think twice about driving to the store after having a couple of beers."

Corso and his law partner John Rhude know from experience the problems that can arise from Memorial Day. Both attorneys previously prosecuted DUIs for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Since Memorial Day is typically associated with a long three-day weekend and the start of summer, drivers are commonly distracted and many times inebriated. In fact, more than 100 people were cited for DUIs during Memorial Day weekend last year in Arizona.

"Memorial Day is one of the deadliest holidays to drive each year," Rhude said, citing a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. "Adding alcohol to that mix is a recipe for disaster."

Arizona law requires that any person found guilty of drinking and driving (even a first offense) serve jail time. And DUI convictions can also include extensive fines up to $2,500, suspension of driving privileges and the installation of an ignition interlock device – even for first offenders.

"That’s a lot of hassle and expense to put up with just because you ran out of propane," said law partner Christopher Corso.

The Law Office of Corso & Rhude, PLLC is located at 9210 W. Union Hills Drive, Suite 102, Peoria, Arizona, 85382. To schedule a free consultation, please visit or call (602) 254-3188.

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