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DUI in the Holiday Season
Law Enforcement Cracks Down on Drunk Driving During the Holidays
Every holiday season, law enforcement agencies throughout the entire state of Florida come out in full force to crack down on drunk drivers. People leaving office parties, holiday gatherings at friends' houses and even family get-togethers may be at risk of being pulled over for suspected DUI. As law enforcement fights to keep drunk drivers off the streets, it is possible that mistakes may be made and innocent drivers will be arrested.
From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, drivers can expect to see increased patrols, particularly on specific holidays and late at night, as people are coming home from parties and gatherings with friends, family members and co-workers. The truth is that some people do drink more over the holiday season than they would on a regular basis, particularly considering the number of special events they attend. This does not necessarily mean that any driver who disobeys a traffic law or is leaving a restaurant or driving late at night has had too much to drink.
Statistics Regarding Holiday DUI Arrests
While arrests for drunk driving happen year-round, it has been shown by statistics that these can spike around the holidays. In fact, the night with the most reported arrests relating to driving under the influence is the evening of Thanksgiving. Many attribute this to people who drive to share the celebratory meal with family, have a few drinks, and then drive home. The NHTSA has reported that annually, there are around 36 DUI-related fatalities that occur on a daily basis. In the time around Christmas, this jumps to 45 and around New Year's, it jumps to over 50.
This causes police officers to roll out maximum enforcement around holidays - pumping more officers out on the roads to catch those suspected of allegedly drunk driving. This is true for all holidays. In fact, according to MSNBC, the three holidays with the most DUI accidents and arrests are Thanksgiving, Independence Day and Memorial Day. Holidays like this (and every other day of the year) led to over 50,000 Florida DUI arrests occurring in 2010.
Arrested during the holidays? Get the help you deserve!
If you or someone you know has been pulled over and arrested for alleged drunk driving this holiday season, it is important to involve an attorney. The holidays are a time of joy for many but can also be stressful due to financial constraints. The last thing you should have to worry about is a criminal charge that could potentially land you in jail and result in heavy fines, court fees and driver's license suspension. Protect legal rights by involving Thomas & Paulk. At our firm, we are ever-vigilant during the holiday season, always ready to see how we can assist drivers who have been arrested for and charged with DUI. We welcome you to call or contact us online for a
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