Every year, there are certain days where drunk drivers are more likely to be on the roads. Those times are also when the police are on “high alert,” meaning that they are actively looking for people to make mistakes when driving and for ways to stop those who may be putting others at risk of crashing.
The most dangerous days for DUIs in America primarily fall between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Day, it’s expected that drunk driving-related deaths will increase by around 129%, which makes it the most dangerous day out of the year for drivers and their passengers.
Which holidays lead to increased police patrols?
Usually, the police are out in force during major holidays. For example, New Year’s Day often has drunk or hungover drivers on the roads, so the police may focus their efforts on patrolling heavily at that time.
What can you do to stay safer during the holidays?
Since the police are likely to be out during the holidays at any time of year, you should always have a plan to get home safely if you want to avoid a DUI. Some options you have include:
- Calling a ride-share service to get home
- Walking home, when it’s close enough
- Having a designated driver
- Avoiding drinking when you know that you don’t have a safe ride home
If you do end up driving while intoxicated, you could face serious consequences.
A DUI’s consequences
Depending on how many DUIs you’ve had in the past, you could face serious consequences such as jail time, high administrative fees and fines. If someone gets hurt because you were driving while impaired, you could face civil lawsuits as well as criminal charges. With a conviction, the loss of your license is almost guaranteed, at least for a period of time.
On top of these penalties, you may also see an increase in the cost of your car insurance. In some cases, this may increase so much that it’s unaffordable to drive. That’s why it’s better to make a plan to get home safely or to avoid drinking completely.