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Top 9 Things to Do in Philadelphia This Winter [MAP]

FAST FACTS

  • 43 million people visited Philadelphia last year, many for year-end celebrations
  • Philly’s Holiday markets, seasonal displays and skating rinks can be enjoyed all winter
  • The 110 year-old Met Opera House reopens this December after a $45 million renovation

 

Philadelphia comes alive for the winter season, from its spirited Holiday celebrations to the spectacularly unique tradition that is the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.

Many of us literally count down the days to some of these events. Time-honored traditions like visiting the Holiday Garden Railway at the Morris Arboretum with kids or watching the ball drop in Franklin Square at midnight on New Year’s have become a huge part of local Philly culture.

Just remember to make responsible decisions during your festivities. Also, remember that if you are facing charges as a result of a DUI arrest on any of these days, then you have the right to contest your charges to have them potentially reduced or dropped outright with the help of a Pennsylvania DUI attorney.Read More

Top Halloween Parties in Philadelphia This Year

Top Halloween Parties in Philadelphia This Year

  • There were 168 traffic fatalities on Halloween between 2012 and 2016.
  • 23% of pedestrian versus vehicle accidents involve drunk driving.
  • 44% of fatal crashes on and before Halloween involve an impaired driver.

 

Philadelphia knows how to celebrate Halloween, which means if you’re looking for a party, you’re not going to have to look very far. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or something catered to adults, you’re not going to have a problem coming up with choices.

As Pennsylvania DUI lawyers, we understand that you want to have a good time but please, don’t drink and drive. You want your night to be frightening, but you don’t want to end it behind bars.

Family Events

1) The Glow Jack O’Lantern Experience

You’ll find this event in West Fairmount Park through October 28. You and the little ones will delight in the trail lines with glowing pumpkins that are intricately carved.Read More

Your Guide to Oktoberfest in Pennsylvania

Your Guide to Oktoberfest in Pennsylvania

FAST FACTS

Oktoberfest, held mid-September through early October, is one of the most highly anticipated events in each city that participates in the festivities. Cities and towns around Pennsylvania are no exception.

If you are looking for something exciting to do in the coming days, you won’t have to look far or hard. As Pennsylvania DUI lawyers, we strongly urge revelers to pay attention to how much brew they consume. No one wants to end their night out in the back of a squad car.

Here are some of the events that will be held across the state this year.

1. Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh Oktoberfest – September 14 through September 22

The Southside Works in Pittsburgh is hosting two full weekends of fun. Entertainment, imported beer, and prizes make the event worth attending.Read More

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Uber Testing Self-Driving Cars in Pennsylvania

Since its inception, Uber has become an easy way for people to get home who may otherwise drive drunk. However, those rides can be pretty pricey, depending on when they are needed. Now, Uber is looking to cut down those costs and make rides safer by introducing self-driving cars into their fleet. The first test of automated cars started on September 14 in Pittsburgh.

While this shift away from human drivers has been met with some resistance — namely, Uber drivers who rely on providing this service to make a living — it has overall been hailed as a push toward the future. However, Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, has said the transition could take decades to complete. By that time, we could all have self-driving cars in our garages. Plus, Uber will still need operators to take over, should something go wrong with the car’s computer systems (however unlikely). One thing is for sure: With self-driving cars becoming more prominent, DUI accidents could drop dramatically.Read More

Do Ignition Interlock Devices Really Work?

About a month ago, Pennsylvania passed a new law regarding punishments for driving under the influence. Under the new law, certain first-time offenders may be able to avoid having their license suspended. Instead, they can apply to have an ignition interlock device installed into their car. Doing so allows those who may have may a one-time mistake to still go to school or work, as long as they are sober.

While Senate Bill 290 was a widely-praised move at the time, problems with the devices have already been brought to light. Critics have been quick to point out that these issues can make choosing an ignition interlock device almost not worth it. And for those who are impacted by these problems, their daily lives can be severely hampered.

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Before we can fully explain the problems ignition interlock devices, or IIDs, present, it’s important to
understand how they work.Read More

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Our Favorite Things to Do in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a rich tapestry of culture and landscapes. You could spend years here and not see everything the state has to offer. While some things may not suit every taste, there are other attractions that are a must-see if you’re in the area. From historical sites to natural wonders to fun attractions, here are some of our favorite things to do and and see in Pennsylvania.

Historical Sites

Independence_HallPennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular, is the birthplace of the United States. It was in this great city that the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the next decade, the Constitution was signed here as well. Both of these events took place in what’s now called Independence Hall. While you’re visiting this national landmark, be sure to also visit the Liberty Bell.

A couple hours west lies one of the most famous battlegrounds in the nation: Gettysburg. This was where General Robert E.Read More