Earlier this month, President Barack Obama declared December National Impaired
Driving Prevention Month. By doing so, he encouraged Americans across
the country to reflect on the dangers of drunk and drugged driving and
reminded everyone to drive sober lest they risk causing preventable accidents
or being arrested by increased law enforcement presence.
As we near Christmas and the New Year, it’s important to remember
that this is a crucial time period for alcohol-related incidents on our
road. Many people are wrapping up their work weeks, getting ready for
vacations, and hitting the road to travel. As a result, the roads become
congested – often with holiday revelers who’ve celebrated
with too much drink.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
the period just before Christmas and through New Year’s Day is one
of the worst for drunk driving when it comes to arrests,
accidents, and injuries. Here’s what’s being done to combat this:
Increased awareness – December is National Impaired Driving Awareness month, and advocacy
groups will increase their efforts to remind Americans about this message
as the holiday and New Year quickly approach. Additionally, law enforcement
agencies throughout the nation often publish news releases to remind the
local community about increased DUI enforcement efforts and why it’s
important for residents to avoid driving impaired.
Increased enforcement – Increased DUI enforcement accomplishes two things. First, it allows
authorities to handle what is usually an increase in impaired drivers
on the road. Second, it creates high visibility of police and other agencies
that aggressively enforce
DUI laws, which can significantly impact the views and actions of local residents.
Ultimately, it is in your best interests to not get behind the wheel after
drinking – not just because it can help you avoid arrest, but also
because it can save you from hurting yourself or those around you. Unfortunately,
accidents and arrests do occur, and in those situations legal representation
often becomes a necessity. That’s why our team of Reno attorneys
at Joey Gilbert Law are available to help anyone who needs legal assistance
this holiday season.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and New Year and we make
ourselves available 24/7 should you need our service – whatever
it may be. If you have a case you wish to discuss,
contact us today for a FREE and confidential consultation.