Do DUIs Increase During the Holidays?

With the holiday season upon us, the amount of people traveling will increase as family and friends gather to celebrate. With more people on the road, and plenty of parties on the calendar, it means that DUI accidents will become more commonplace. Various studies have found that the 35 days from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day are the most traveled for long distance trips.

Deaths Involving Alcohol during Holidays

During the holiday season, the numbers of deaths involving alcohol increase. According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the percentage of highway deaths related to alcohol comes in at 31% for all times of the year not including the winter holidays.

The Thanksgiving holiday usually shows 40% of highway deaths to be related to alcohol. For the Christmas holiday, it is 37%, while the New Year’s holiday average for alcohol related deaths is 58%.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 700 people are injured or die in DUI accidents each day during the holiday season with 40% of traffic fatalities involving a driver who was impaired by alcohol.

Increased Patrols

Every year during the holiday season, there are additional DUI checkpoints on the roads and more officers patrolling the streets looking for signs of DUI in drivers.

An Increase in Parties and Social Events

It is common knowledge that there are more parties and social events held during the holiday season. Between work parties, family gatherings, pub-crawls, fundraising events, and friendly get-togethers, there are plenty of reasons for people to take part in the consumption of alcohol during the holiday season.

Many people use the holiday season as an excuse to drink heavily, which will lead to impaired decisions and DUI accidents. The increase in DUI arrests over the holiday season occurs because of an increase in drinking and driving and because of the increase in the number of officer patrols and checkpoints.

Preventive Campaigns

Law enforcement agencies operate all types of preventive campaigns throughout the course of the year, but one of the most recognizable one is: “Drive sober or get pulled over.” Many law enforcement agencies receive federal funding or grants in order to pay officers overtime so there are enough patrols on the roads during the holiday season.

Other ways that law enforcement agencies try to prevent DUIs during the holiday season is by posting messages on digital billboards and by running preventive commercials on the radio and television.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a negligent individual driving under the influence, contact the office of Jacobs Law, LLC by filling out the contact form on our website or by calling (317) 794-2024 and we will reach out to you within 24 hours to discuss your situation.