The Fourth of July weekend means family time, BBQs, fireworks and flags, and lots of road trips. It also means more drunk drivers on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 4th of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to DUI accidents. In 2014, half of the fatalities included a person driving under the influence, and 41% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the drinking and driving legal limit of .08.
All 50 states have now set .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the legal limit for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI)
If you’re planning on driving during this holiday weekend, plan ahead and avoid any DUI consequences by taking these facts into consideration:
- DUI accidents increase over 4th of July Weekend
According to the NHTSA, roughly 40 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities during the past five years were caused by DUI accidents during Independence Day weekend. Most of these accidents took place at night time. If your celebration plans include staying until the party is over, it might be worthwhile to avoid the risk of driving under the influences and wait until dawn.
There will be more DUI Checkpoints
Every state has its set of standards for permissible DUI checkpoints. However considering the amount of people driving during this weekend the numbers of sobriety points will increase to catch any people suspected of being above the drinking and driving legal limit. Ask a lawyer in your state what the DUI laws are and your rights.
DUI Penalties are Expensive
If you’re fortunate enough to avoid a DUI accident, there are still DUI consequences to beware of. Consider that your car insurance premium will likely increase, your license will be suspended and worst case scenario you will have to spend the whole weekend detained because court won’t be open until Tuesday. There are a number of fines associated with driving under the influence, including driving penalties, court fees, towing fees and more. Depending on how severe your DUI charge is, you may also need an attorney, which brings another heavy set of costs. Compound all these unnecessary expenses with the inherent dangers of driving under the influence and you have a situation that could have been preventable.
How to Plan Ahead to Avoid DUI Charges or Accidents
- Plan a safe way home, pick a route and avoid late night driving. DUI statistics show that most accidents happened during the day of the 4th and decreased thereafter.
– Be informed of blood alcohol content (BAC) limits and arrange a designated driver to get you home safely.
– Take public transportation: subway, cabs or even one of the ride-share services like Uber or Lyft. You don’t want to be responsible for DUI consequences.
– Check out the laws for flags and fireworks (do not mix drink and fireworks—that’s rule number one!)
Have an incredible Holiday Weekend, celebrate America’s Birthday safely, from everyone here at Rocket Lawyer.