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Summer Holidays and DUIs: Tips to Avoid Disasters

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DUI laws, DUI defense, DUI arrest, DuPage County DUI attorney, summer DUIWhen it comes to holidays and DUI, people may consider New Year’s Eve and Christmas Day to have the highest number of fatal accidents. These holidays, however, are not the most prevalent for drinking and driving accidents.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Memorial Day and Independence Day rank higher than either of the other two. The only holiday ranking consistently higher is Thanksgiving Day.

Surprising Statistics

The summer months results in college students returning home and high school students looking for activities to pass the time. Consider these statistics:

  • The highest rate of drivers involved in fatal car crashes due to drunk driving is the age bracket between 21 and 24 years of age at 30 percent of the accidents;
  • The second highest rate—29 percent—involved 25 to 29-year-olds in DUI-related fatal car accidents;
  • 70 percent of the fatal DUI accidents occur between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.; and
  • A recent study shows that 61 percent of Americans aged 18 to 40 identified summer as the season teens are most likely to engage in underage drinking.

Tips to Avoid a DUI

Consider the following tips to avoid getting into a legal disaster:

  • Avoid driving drunk: Instead of driving under the influence, utilize a cab service, other taxi type service, ride a bus, train, or subway, or some other form of public transit,. Additionally, sleep where you are until you are sober. Or, ask a sober friend or family member to drive you home;
  • Stay under the legal limit of intoxication: In Illinois, your limit is 0.08 percent BAC if you are over the age of 21 and zero if you are under age;
  • Drive safely: If you are age 21 or older and are legally under the BAC limit to get behind the wheel after consuming an alcoholic beverage, be sure to obey all traffic signs and adhere to all safety laws;
  • Mind your manners: If an officer pulls you over, present yourself in a kind and courteous manner. However, avoid speaking too much as you may say something to incriminate yourself; and
  • Utilize technology: Various apps and devices are available to check your BAC at any given time, and others can help in finding a way home—many of which are free.

Contact an Attorney

If you have been pulled over and charged with a DUI, it is not the end of the world. The first step to protecting your future is to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner, the better—ample time allows us to build a credible case in your defense. If you would like to discuss the details of your case with a proven DuPage County DUI attorney, contact McMahon Law Offices today for a free consultation. Call 630-953-4400.

Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/facts_stats/

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