Mt. Juliet and Lebanon TN

For music lovers, summertime often means attending long-anticipated concerts or a weekend festival full of some of your favorite performers. These events can produce unforgettable memories, but they also could put you in hot water legally. Follow these tips to enjoy the music and lessen your risk of trouble with the law when attending shows this summer.

1) Know the rules of the event you’re attending

Look up the venue or the festival you’re attending before you go. There should be a list of rules and regulations, including a list of what you can and cannot bring while attending, such as handguns and other weapons. Take note of parking as well; it’s better to park in a designated area than risk leaving at the end of your celebration to find your vehicle has been towed or is blocked in by other cars.

2) The buddy system is your best friend

Chances are good that you’re attending the festival or concert with friends. Staying in a group is a good idea. It helps you look out for one another during all the commotion. If you’re going with a large group, designate a meeting place ahead of time in the event you become separated from one another.

3) Stay hydrated

You know how punishing the summer heat, and humidity can be, especially during summer music festivals, it is crucial to avoid dehydration. Many of these festivals offer free water stations for the attendees. You also should wear lightweight clothing, a hat, and sunglasses. And don’t forget the sunscreen!

4) Drink responsibly

We understand that festival going is fun, but it’s important not to overdo it. The heat and humidity can magnify the effects of alcohol. Know your limits, and drink wisely. Never accept a drink from a stranger, or without knowing what is in the drink. We recommend appointing a designated driver in your group before you go or, if you drove yourself and happen to over-indulge, ride home with a friend, call a taxi or use a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft.

5) Be diligent before you leave

Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Some advance preparation can reduce if not eliminate your risk of getting pulled over going to or from your concert or festival of choice. Make sure everything on your vehicle is in good working order, including headlights, tail lights, and turn signals. Ensure that your license, registration, and insurance are current and that you have copies of all of these documents inside your vehicle. Don’t let any passengers drink alcohol or use illegal drugs inside the car, and be sure to obey all traffic laws—including speed limits.

We hope that a traffic stop doesn’t ruin your time at a concert or festival this summer, but if it does, you can trust the legal counsel of DUI lawyer in Nashville, Yancy Belcher. He has two decades of experience and will fight for your rights! If you’ve been arrested going to or from a concert or festival this summer, call us at (615) 773-2889 if you live in the Nashville area of Tennessee, including Hermitage and Mt. Juliet.


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