Summertime is here, and statistically that means more people on the road, including more drunk drivers. While drunk driving can happen any time, there are number of factors that lead to an increase in the summer months. Being mindful of situations that can lead to drunk driving can help you plan ahead and avoid putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation.
Drunk driving increases in the summer for a number of reasons. This year, gas prices are lower than they’ve been consistently in over a decade, so many more people are planning road trips. When people take vacations, they tend to drink more than usual, and may not know the area where they are, which increases the danger of getting behind the wheel.
Furthermore, there are a number of holidays still yet to come this summer, which are generally opportunities for above-average consumption of alcohol. If you suspect you may face a drunk driving situation, be sure to designate a driver for your party or have a plan to use a driving service like Lyft. The cost of using such a service is far, far less than the potential cost of a drunk driving conviction.
If you do find yourself facing drunk driving charges, be sure to consult with an experienced attorney to build a strong defense. Drunk driving convictions can wreak havoc on many areas of your life and may entail hefty fines or even jail time, so it is important to take appropriate measures to keep your rights and freedoms protected. With proper legal counsel, you can ensure that your rights remain secure.
Source: MADD, “Protect Against the 100 Deadly Days of Summer,” accessed June 23, 2017