The winter holiday season, marked by festivities and celebrations, also results in an increased risk of motorists being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated or Impaired (DWI) offenses.
Several factors contribute to this heightened risk during these months. Understanding what these risk factors are can help those who plan on driving this upcoming holiday season to make informed choices that are likely to keep them safe and to help them avoid an arrest.
Concerns to take note of
The holiday season is often packed with social gatherings, parties and events where alcohol is likely to be served. From office parties to family gatherings, the opportunities to consume alcohol increase significantly at this time of year. This uptick in social drinking can lead to more individuals driving under the influence.
Law enforcement agencies are acutely aware of the increased risk of drunk driving during the holidays. As a result, there are often more patrols and sobriety checkpoints set up to catch impaired drivers. This increase in law enforcement presence means that the likelihood of being arrested for DWI is higher. Additionally, during the holidays, there are typically more public awareness campaigns about the dangers of drunk driving. This heightened awareness can lead to more people reporting suspected drunk drivers, which can contribute to more arrests.
To avoid the risks associated with DWI during the holiday season, it’s crucial to plan ahead. If you plan to drink, arrange for a designated driver, use public transportation or stay overnight at your event location. Remember, the consequences of a DWI can be far-reaching, impacting not only your safety but also your legal and financial situation. Celebrate responsibly and encourage others to do the same to better ensure a safe and happy holiday season for everyone.