The holiday season is a great time to celebrate with friends and family, but this time is also dangerous. Holiday parties, gatherings, fireworks and celebrations can result in excessive drinking. Unfortunately, many people don’t act responsibly, making a drunk driving car accident an even greater problem than normal during the holiday season.

HOW TO DETECT DRUNK DRIVERS

Law enforcement officials say there are several indications associated with drinking and driving. Keeping these in mind to help avoid a dangerous situation:

  • Making wide turns
  • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the centerline
  • Almost striking an object or vehicle
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving at a very slow speed
  • Stopping without cause
  • Braking erratically
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals, such as not moving when the light changes to green
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Driving after dark with headlights off

According to a recent article by autoinsurance.org, the 4th of July holiday is one of the deadliest holidays to drive in the United States.  The holiday averages over 450 fatal accidents during it’s holiday period.  Most fatal collisions with drunk drivers occur at night between the hours of 6pm to 6am.  

There are many dangers associated with drunk driving car accidents around the holiday season. We hope this will reinforce the importance of celebrating in a safe and responsible way.

According to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, 193 people were arrested for DUI over the Fourth of July weekend (July 3 through July 5).  In 2019, there were 512 DUI arrests over the holiday weekend – more than twice as many as 2020’s total.

Fifty-one of 2020’s arrests were for extreme DUI, which means the driver’s BAC (blood alcohol content) was measured at .15 percent or higher. The legal threshold in Arizona is .08 percent.

In 2019, there were 141 extreme DUI arrests – again more than double 2020’s total.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO AVOID DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS

1.    Be sure to have a designated driver.  If you do not have a designated driver and you feel that you are even slightly too tipsy to drive, be sure to call either a friend or arrange for an Uber, Lyft or taxi to transport you home.  

2.    If you are at someone’s home and cannot arrange for a ride home, see if you are able to spend the night.

3.    If you are alone, don’t drink any alcoholic beverages. 

4.    Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Big Chad Law have been fighting for the rights of car accident victims throughout Arizona for more than 7 years, and we can help you hold the negligent driver accountable for your injuries.

Please contact Big Chad Law today to schedule your free car accident consultation. We serve clients throughout the State of Arizona.  You can reach our office by telephone at 602-553-0000.