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Examining DUI Arrests During Summer MonthsWith the summer months officially in full bloom, local law enforcement officials are on the lookout for inebriated drivers. It should come as no surprise that the number of DUI arrests is much higher during summer months when compared to other times of the year. A DUI can significantly impact your employment opportunities, approval for housing options, and ability to drive. Below we will take a deeper look into alarming statistics on drinking and driving during the summer, while also examining how a DUI could impact your livelihood.  If you are facing DUI charges, it is critically important to speak with a qualified legal professional immediately. 

Increased Surveillance for Summertime Drinking and Driving 

With so many people out enjoying various forms of outdoor recreation, there are bound to be an increased number of drunk drivers on the road during summer months. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Fourth of July represents one of the most dangerous days with regard to drunk driving. In 2017, 237 people were fatally injured in car accidents involving drunk drivers on the holiday. Recognizing this fact, law enforcement officials throughout the U.S. ramp up their surveillance for inebriated driving. 

In many cases, increased surveillance comes in the form of DUI checkpoints. It should be noted that it is not illegal for a person to turn around and avoid a checkpoint, as long as the turn is executed in a legal fashion. It is also important to note that it is not a criminal offense to refuse chemical testing, but the driver will face a one-year license suspension. The driver will be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. 

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Illinois defense attorneyIn two days, most of us will celebrate the holidays. For many families, this means that there will be several relatives coming over, with the traditional holiday tree, presents, and quality time. Other families celebrate the holidays differently. No matter how anyone celebrates the holidays, the day before often starts the deadliest season for drunk driving and related injuries. There are many facts that you need to know about DUI charges and the holidays, as well as how to protect yourself from a DUI charge.

Holiday DUI Statistics

Starting on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the holiday is considered the deadliest holiday weekend on American highways. Between the years 2012 and 2016, over 800 people died from alcohol-related accidents during this long weekend. Drunk drivers will be closely watched by the Illinois State Police, and everyone traveling during the weekend must have at least one designated driver. On average, the DUI offender is arrested between 11 pm and 4 am on a weekend after their social gatherings have come to an end.

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