New Jersey DUI Lawyers Explain the Increase in DUI Arrests During the Holiday Season
Every year, the number of DUI arrests goes up during the holiday season. This season is defined as the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. It is easy to see why the number of people arrested for drinking and driving is higher during this time of year than any other. During these six weeks, many people attend office parties, family parties, and public holiday events where alcohol is served.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the average number of people fatally injured in alcohol-related collisions each day was 36 during the non-holiday portions of 2001 to 2005. During the Christmas seasons those years, the average number of daily alcohol-related fatalities rose to 45, and during the New Year’s holiday it rose to 54.
Be Safe and Choose Not to Drink and Drive This Holiday Season
The only way to avoid being arrested for DUI in New Jersey is to always drive sober. In New Jersey and the rest of the United States, the legal blood alcohol concentration for a driver is 0.08 percent. If you choose to drink this holiday season, be vigilant and keep your consumption low.
Because of the increase in DUIs during the holiday season, more officers may be posted at intersections and roadways in your town. If you plan to drink at holiday parties, plan to get yourself home responsibly. Choose an individual to be the designated driver or volunteer yourself for this role. Other ways to keep yourself and others safe include:
- Taking a rideshare like Uber or Lyft,
- Riding public transportation, and
- Making arrangements to stay over at a host’s home or with another guest after a party
New Jersey DUI Lawyers at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Can Help You Defend Against a DUI Charge
If you have been charged with DUI/DWI in New Jersey, you can defend yourself against the charge with help from an experienced New Jersey DUI lawyer. To learn more, fill out our online form or call 856-242-7300 to schedule your initial consultation with the Law Offices of Michele Finizio in our Moorestown, New Jersey office. We frequently represent clients who have been charged with DUIs and can potentially help you to have your charge downgraded or dropped. Our firm proudly represents clients from Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Salem County.