Thanksgiving week marks the start of the busiest travel period of the year in the United States – and it doesn’t end until New Year’s Day. Each year millions of people pack up and board planes and busses or load up the family vehicle and journey to visit friends or family during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season. The increase in vehicles on the nation’s roadways during the holiday season means heightened DUI enforcement efforts as well, something that anyone planning to travel by car should be aware of this year, and every year.
The holiday season is a time for old friends to get together, new friends to celebrate, and families to spend time catching up and sharing news from the previous year. All of this celebrating typically includes drinking, at least for many of the celebrants. In fact, the night before Thanksgiving, unofficially referred to as “Black Wednesday” is usually the busiest bar night of the entire year with New Year’s Eve coming in a close second. A good deal of alcohol is consumed in people’s homes during the holiday season as well though, as people sit around and catch while the bottles of wine and beer keep flowing. And don’t forget the office holiday party where it often seems obligatory to enjoy at least one cocktail with your co-workers.
If you choose to participate in the “merry making” be sure to keep in mind the fact that law enforcement officials are keenly aware of all the partying that goes on during the holiday season as well. The period from the night before Thanksgiving to the Sunday after Thanksgiving is frequently the deadliest four day period on the nation’s roadways. Alcohol related traffic deaths typically increase 25 percent or more during the holiday season overall.
Not surprisingly, DUI enforcement efforts are ramped up all across the country during the holiday season to try and catch motorists who are driving under the influence before they cause an accident. Expect to see more DUI roadblocks and a significant increase in police officers on the roadways throughout the holiday season this year. Keep in mind as well that, depending on factors such as your gender, weight, and tolerance level, a couple of beers or glasses of wine at a friend’s or relative’s house could be enough to out you over the legal limit. You may feel as though you are far from being intoxicated; however, if a breath test shows you are over the legal limit you will be facing the rest of the holiday season worrying about the outcome of your Nebraska DUI case. The bottom line is – enjoy the holiday season, but be responsible and stay safe!
If, despite your best efforts, you end up being charged with driving under the influence in Nebraska this holiday season contact the Petersen Law Office 24 hours a day at 402-513-2180 to discuss your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney.