Holidays bring good tidings of cheer, but they also draw a significant police presence. Why are so many cops out during the festivities? Because instances of driving under the influence (DUI) spike during the holiday season.
Statistics of DUIs & Holidays
The difference between a get-together and a party is often the amount of booze found at the gathering, and the holiday season is known for its parties. In fact, holidays typically result in more DUIs than any other day of the year, which is exactly why there is an increased police presence during the holiday season.
Surprising DUI-related holiday statistics include:
- Drunk-driving fatalities increase by 25% during Christmas-time, and by 50% during New Years.
- The holiday season for students (the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day) includes nine of the ten most deadly days for teenage drivers;
- The fourth of July is the deadliest day of the year for auto accidents;
- DUI arrests are at their highest between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s weekend.
As you can see, people drink more during the holidays; however, cops are also more inclined to make arrests during this time.
The Subjectivity of Holiday DUI Arrests
Did you know that cops can arrest people for DUI even if their blood alcohol contents (BACs) are less than 0.08%? This makes many DUI charges subjective, and the problem only gets worse during the holidays.
When cops are out during the holiday season, they are told to look out for drunk drivers. Therefore, if they have any reason to make a traffic stop during a holiday, they are automatically going to question if the driver is sober. Unfortunately, this can lead to DUI arrests where the suspect has a BAC that’s lower than 0.08%.
However, experienced representation is available regardless of the circumstances of your DUI arrest.
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