During the holiday season, people attend more parties, and with more parties come more opportunities for people to consume alcohol.
Unfortunately, some revelers who drink to excess choose to operate motor vehicles, which can result in an arrest for DUI.
And according to a study, there are more accidents caused by alcohol on New Year’s Eve than other days.
In fact, a comparison of the average weekend night to the 12-hours between Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and January 1 at 6 a.m., shows that there were 71 percent more alcohol-related accidents during that 12-hour period.
What Happens To Florida DUI Stats During the Holidays?
While there are no specific Florida DUI stats available for arrests made on New Year’s Eve, there were 5,223 car accidents in 2016 in which alcohol was the primary contributing factor.
And Florida law enforcement officials set up more sobriety checkpoints during the months of November and December than they do at other times of the year, because they are aware that people tend to drink and drive in greater numbers when they are celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
And the current opioid crisis has increased the danger for motorists, because there are more people likely to be impaired by alcohol as well as a combination of prescription painkillers or illegal opiates such as cocaine or heroin.
The problem, however, is that because Florida police lack a reliable test for drugs, they often don’t include driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) as contributing factors in a DUI arrest.
What You Can Do To Avoid a DUI Arrest In Florida
If you know that you are going to drink alcohol, and you will be driving after a party or get-together, you should arrange for a sober driver to take you home, call a taxi, or schedule an Uber.
You can also limit your drinking so that you will not be impaired after you leave a party, and make sure that you don’t get into a vehicle with a driver you know is impaired.
Protecting Your Rights After a DUI Arrest
Even a first-time DUI arrest can lead to penalties and the loss of your driver’s license for a period of time. And things will get even worse if this is your second DUI arrest, especially if your first DUI conviction was within the past five years. The Law Office of Jeffrey Thompson has more than 30 years experience defending clients in these types of cases. Please call us today at 321-253-3771 for a free legal consultation. We are here to help and to ensure that your rights are protected.