Now that the holidays are behind us, it is time to start planning summer vacations and weekend getaways. If you plan to hit the road over spring break, or you are just in search of warmer weather, it is important to stay safe behind the wheel.
Although most people associate New Year’s Eve with a high number of drunk driving arrests and car accidents, there are several times throughout the year when impaired driving peaks. Knowing the most dangerous times to drive – and how to avoid driving impaired – can help you avoid accidents and a criminal record.
More Traffic Deaths during the Holidays
Most people are not surprised to learn that traffic deaths peak over the holiday months. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly half of all traffic fatalities that happen on January 1 involve alcohol. On Thanksgiving Day, there is a fivefold increase in alcohol-related road accident deaths.
100 Deadly Days of Summer
The summer months are also a peak time for drunk driving deaths, especially for young people. This has led some to refer to the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “100 deadliest days” for young motorists. In 2012, for example, 1,000 people were killed in car accidents caused by teen drivers, with over half of the fatalities involving a teen.
Lowering Your Risk
Fortunately, there are ways you can lower the chances of being involved in an alcohol-related accident or arrest. Obviously, the best way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and drive in the first place. You should also be aware of your personal limits when it comes to alcohol. For some individuals, one drink puts them over the legal limit. Other people can drink a bit more before they are too impaired to drive.
If you are stopped for suspecting impaired driving, be respectful to the police, but firm about asserting your rights.
Contact a Lawyer Right Away
If you are facing a DUI charge, don’t wait to call an Indiana criminal defense lawyer. Your future depends on working with an experienced lawyer who knows the law and the best course of action for your case. Call Razumich Law, P.C. today at (317) 983-5333 for a free consultation.
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