As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I've mentioned in my posts over the past two months that there tends to be a large increase in DUI in Georgia during the winter holiday season. This includes other alcohol-related offenses such as Vehicular Homicide in Georgia and Serious Injury by Vehicle in Georgia.
The reality is that the odds of getting into an accident when driving increase when there are more cars on the road which is definitely true during the holiday season. The other reality is that people drink more during the holidays and attend more parties and social gatherings.
This, unfortunately, results in more accidents, more DUI offenses, and more roadside fatalities. This has become so well-known that the majority of highway patrol departments are now able to accurately predict offense and fatality estimates.
AAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have run some statistics about drunk driving and the holiday season.
- Across the country, 36 people, on average, were killed every day in crashes involving alcohol from 2001 to 2005.
- On New Year's Day, that number of alcohol-related casualties went up an average of 54.
- DUI arrests peak between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
- Between Christmas and New Year's, 40% of all fatal crashes involve drunk drivers.
- More pedestrians are killed on New Year's Day than any other day of the year.
- Number of people killed in DUI Crashes on New Year's Eve in 2013 was 140 people.
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Never drink and drive. However, just because you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI or another alcohol-related offense does not mean that there is guilt. Being arrested can be so overwhelming, and it is important to get proper representation.
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