As we move into holiday season, filled with numerous occasions to raise a toast in celebration with family and friends, you might ask, “which holiday sees the most DUI arrests?”
New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July
Across the nation, New Year’s Eve takes the top spot as the holiday with the most arrests for suspected drinking and driving. But when it comes to fatal crashes as the result of driving under the influence (DUI), data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), demonstrates that the Fourth of July is the deadliest national holiday. Thanksgiving has also proven to be a significant holiday when it comes to DUI crashes.
Thanksgiving and Long Weekends
Thanksgiving has also proven to be a significant holiday when it comes to DUI crashes. Long weekends, such as Labor Day weekend, also impact DUI arrests.
DUI arrests might increase during these holidays as the result of increased numbers of checkpoints and roadblocks, often not divulged to the public beforehand. While the constitutionality of these checkpoints has been challenged numerous times, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled these checkpoints are but lawful due to the fact they help combat driving under the influence.
If you have been arrested for a DUI charge you should contact a DUI attorney immediately. Working with an attorney can help lessen your charge as well as any fees or penalties that result from your charge.
Source: Law Dictionary: What holiday statistically has the most recorded DUI’s per year?, 2014