The holiday season is about to kick into full gear, which means many of you will hit the road to celebrate with friends and family. Let’s face it, sometimes gatherings with friends and family lead to the consumption of copious amounts of libations.
Unfortunately, this makes the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s prime “DUI Season.” While we hope that you’re excited to spend quality time with your loved ones, we also want you to take precautions to avoid DUIs.
Today, the Weingart Firm in Tempe, AZ is here to discuss some scary facts about drunk driving around Thanksgiving.
It’s a common misconception that the majority of DUI fatalities occur on New Year’s Eve, when statistically there are more drunk driving fatalities on Thanksgiving. It makes sense, though. After all, Thanksgiving has evolved into a holiday based on overconsumption.
Thanksgiving sets the stage for an increase in alcohol-related traffic accidents. With more people on the road and inclement autumn weather, the number of alcohol-impaired accidents are bound to skyrocket. There are a number of reasons why drunk driving related traffic accidents rise over Thanksgiving break.
For one, almost every family in America celebrates Thanksgiving. This makes Thanksgiving weekend one of the most traveled times of the year, as people take pilgrimages to be with their dispersed families.
Another reason drunk driving accidents rise over Thanksgiving break is that college students and young adults go home for Thanksgiving to catch up with their old friends.
This tends to happen on the night before Thanksgiving. In fact, the night before Thanksgiving is known as “Black Wednesday.” For bar owners across the U.S., this night is unofficially known as the biggest drinking night of the year, where they expect huge customer surges. Black Wednesday sets the stage for the revelry that ensues for the rest of the holiday weekend.
Many families do multiple Thanksgiving dinners in a day, so they’re able to spend time with both sides of the family. A lot of families finish up a meal with one family, and then have to book it across town to make it to their next feast. When alcohol is involved, this can become a deadly combination.
Between 1998 to 2008, there was an average of 572 traffic related deaths over Thanksgiving holidays. The National Safety Commission chalks this statistic up to tired drivers, as well as those who have partaken in alcohol. Arizona law officials have taken note of the rise in alcohol-related traffic accidents around Thanksgiving and have begun a harsh crackdown.
Last year, there were 372 DUI arrests in Arizona over Thanksgiving weekend. While this statistic is lower than 2013, this is still a high number of DUIs. This weekend, Arizona law enforcement are trying even harder than ever on drunk drivers by setting up DUI checkpoints all around Phoenix.
Unfortunately, these checkpoints don’t always have consistent blood alcohol tests. If you’ve imbibed over the holidays and become involved in an inaccurate drunk driving case, make sure that you find an experienced DUI expert to defend your rights.
Stay safe this Thanksgiving weekend.