If you were to guess which holiday is historically the most deadly for DUI related car accidents, would you be surprised to know it doesn’t fall on a holiday at all? The night before Thanksgiving tops New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July for DUI related car accidents and ticketing. If you think about it, it’s somewhat easy to see why this is. The night before Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with friends who are in town for the holiday and the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend for most people. The result of bar specials and happy hours around town is people driving inebriated and putting themselves and others in danger.
On a standard day in the United States, 36 DUI deaths occur. That number jumps by to 46 deaths a day during the holiday season, starting on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. Between 6pm on Wednesday to 5:59am on Monday, 800 people will die due to alcohol-impaired driving as people meet friends and 45 million Americans will take a car as their mode of travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.
There are many factors at play here. After all, few people probably go out with the intention of driving intoxicated. Holiday specials at bars encourage larger amounts of drinking and holiday cocktails tend to have more alcohol content than the normal cocktail. Adding to this is weather conditions. Sleet, rain, freezing rain, and snow are all common weather conditions you might encounter around this time and are going to add to adverse driving conditions, on top of alcohol consumption.
How to Stay Safe
We want you to have a safe holiday season. So, here are some easy tips to follow as the holidays kick-off:
- Always designate a driver before going out
- Give your keys to the designated driver before you even start drinking
- Always wear a seatbelt, even for short trips
- Don’t think driving “buzzed” isn’t drunk driving
- Plan a predetermined time to head home
How a DUI Lawyer Can Help
If you find yourself on the wrong end of a police officer’s headlights this holiday season, there are things you can do to help yourself moving forward and a DUI lawyer is where to start.
- If this is your first offense…
- If no one was injured, there is no property damage, and it was your first offense, you likely don’t need a lawyer to plead no contest
- If you’ve got a case…
- If there’s been property damage, injury, or the state doesn’t have an airtight case against you for one reason or another, a DUI lawyer can help you navigate a trial or a plea bargain
Stay safe this holiday season and give us a call if things don’t go the way you planned. We know plenty of attorneys that can help you with your case.