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Holidays with the highest DUI rates in the United States

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2022 | automobiles

It’s no question that American’s love to party—but how much and at what cost? According to the CDC, in 2018 an alcohol impaired driver got behind the wheel 147 million times. From 2009 to 2018 2,068 people died as a result of car accidents related to alcohol impaired driving. In 2018, 26.5% of total fatalities in Indiana were a result of alcohol impaired driving. Unfortunately, we regularly have clients who were at the wrong end of someone else’s poor decision to get drunk and drive.

We’ve all heard the warning during holidays: “Drive safe, people will be out drinking!” or that there’s going to be a DUI checkpoint tonight. But just how dangerous is it to be out driving during a holiday? As it turns out, it can be very risky during several holidays.

According to MoneyGeek, the 5 most dangerous holidays for DUI are as follows:

1: New Year’s Eve.

Unsurprisingly, New Year’s Eve is the biggest night for DUIs in the United States—what IS surprising is the chance of getting a DUI is 129% higher than average.

2: 4th of July.

The 4th of July is actually the deadliest week of the year—on Independence Day alone a DUI is 100% more likely.

3: Thanksgiving

Nothing to be thankful about, coming in third is Thanksgiving.

The night before Thanksgiving has become something of a holiday itself—Blackout Wednesday, also called Dranksgiving. It makes sense that Thanksgiving has found itself in third since, according to the AAA Foundation, and the most dangerous time to drive is between midnight and 3 a.m.

4: Labor Day

Remember, a long weekend could mean a longer stay in jail. Labor Day is the fourth worst holiday for drunk driving.

This long weekend meant to pay tribute to working men and women comes in fourth—a day where a DUI is 61% more likely.

5: Memorial Day

A sad way to kick off the summer, Memorial Day finds a spot at fifth place.

Memorial Day lands at number five on our list. Though Memorial Day seems a little safer, a DUI is 54% more likely than average, it’s actually the second deadliest weekend of the entire year!

The sad truth is that some of the happiest days of the year are also the deadliest. The consequences for driving under the influence can be costly for the driver financially, but even worse it could cost them their own or someone else’s life.

At Ladendorf Fregiato & Bigler, we know how to make a case against a drunk driver who injures or kills an innocent person. Depending on what our investigation reveals, sometimes we are even able to go after bars for overserving drunk drivers and resulting in injuries to others.