DUIs and the Fourth of July: What You Need to Know

With summer in full swing, and friends and family preparing for Independence Day gatherings, it’s important to remember that DUIs spike dramatically during this holiday. Before getting the party started, take a moment to read these sobering facts so you can avoid the same fate.

  • DUIs spike over Fourth of July weekend: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,322 fatalities involved drunk driving in 2012, accounting for almost a third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths that year. Between the years of 2008 and 2012, 765 people died in Fourth of July accidents involving drunk driving. Given the holiday’s historical connection to DUI-related accidents and fatalities, law enforcement officers are now extra vigilant in their pursuit of perpetrators. The best way to stay safe and avoid an arrest is to avoid drinking and driving altogether, even if you’ve had only one or two drinks.
  • More drunk drivers hit the road in the evening: Oftentimes, parties come to an end after the sun sets, which means most drunk drivers are on the road at night. According to NHTSA, drivers involved in fatal crashes on the evening of July 4, 2012 were 2x more impaired than those during the day. Do yourself a favor and stay off the road on the night of the Fourth.
  • There is an increase in DUI checkpoints on the Fourth of July: Major cities across the country increase DUI checkpoints on the Fourth to catch drunk drivers. Rather than running the risk of driving through a checkpoint while impaired, call an Uber or Lyft, or find a designated driver.
  • You could end up spending more time than usual in a holding cell: If you are arrested at the start of a three or four-day weekend, you might not be able to see a judge until Monday or Tuesday; and if you can’t make bail or bond, you could end up spending three days in police custody just for a DUI arrest. Although the Fourth of July does not fall on a Friday or weekend this year, this is helpful information to keep in mind for any holiday weekend.

In the event of an arrest, do not hesitate to seek out skilled legal representation. The sooner you have a criminal defense attorney on your side, the better your chances will be of achieving the most favorable outcome possible for your case.

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