The holiday season is a wonderful time to spend with loved ones, but it can also be hazardous.

Excessive drinking can occur at holiday get-together, fireworks displays, and festivities.

Due to the fact that so many people do not act responsibly, drunk driving-related automobile accidents are more common than they are during other times of the year.

HOW TO DETECT DRUNK DRIVERS

According to law enforcement, drinking and driving is linked to a variety of symptoms.

Consider the following to assist you avoid a potentially hazardous situation:

  • Making wide turns
  • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center-line
  • 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

“The 4th of July holiday is one of the deadliest driving holidays in the United States,” according to a recent autoinsurance.org article.

Over 450 people die in car accidents each holiday season. Our Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and surrounding area Car Accident Lawyers are here on holidays and weekends.

The most deadly hours of the night are from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., when drunk drivers are most likely to be on the road.

Drunk driving is particularly dangerous during the holidays because of the increased number of people on the road.

We’re hoping this will drive home the point that having fun shouldn’t come at the expense of safety and responsibility.

“193 persons were arrested for DUI over the Fourth of July weekend,” according to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (July 3 through July 5).

Over the holiday weekend in 2019, there were 512 DUI arrests, more than twice as many as in 2020.

In 2020, 51 people were arrested for extreme DUI, meaning their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was greater than or equal to.15%.

Arizona’s legal limit is an alcohol concentration of.08%.

There were 141 extreme DUI arrests in 2019, which is more than twice as many as in 2020.

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.

It’s possible that you’re entitled to financial compensation if you’ve been hurt in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. As a result of our extensive experience representing accident victims in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and all surrounding areas, Big Chad’s car accident lawyers can assist you in holding the irresponsible motorist accountable for your injuries. Contact one of our Mesa Car Accident Lawyers today for a Free Case Review.

Please contact Big Chad Law as soon as possible to arrange for a free consultation regarding an automobile accident.

We work with people from all throughout Arizona. Our office’s phone number is 602-553-0000.