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Summertime Means More DUIs

Summertime Means More DUIs

Millions of Americans take advantage of the warmer climate and care-free atmosphere of summer to enjoy the outdoors and travel to visit friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, summertime is also one of the deadliest seasons to be driving.

According to the IIHS, the summer is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road. Between June 1 and August 31, nearly 3,000 drunk driving deaths occurred in 2015 based on a report by the NHTSA.

The following are the common reasons why DUIs increase in summer:

  • Holidays – Many Americans celebrate the holidays by consuming alcoholic beverages with friends and family. The U.S. Department of Transportation states the summer holidays of the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day are some of the most dangerous days to drive. The holidays usually experience an increase of DUIs since more officers are patrolling the streets to arrest and deter drunk driving.
  • Socializing – To take advantage of the longer days of summer, many people spend more time out and about. Socializing often involves consuming alcohol, which is why drunk driving is a common occurrence.
  • Young drivers – With school out of session, more high school and college students will be on the roads for longer periods of time compared to any other time of year. However, the most deadly months for teenagers on the road are June, July, and August. More teens try alcohol for the first time during the summer. They may not know their limits or possess the proper judgment to avoid drunk driving and decide to get behind the wheel anyway.
  • Higher temperatures – When the days get hotter, a cold drink—whether it’s a water or an alcoholic beverage—can be the ultimate thirst quencher. In high temperatures, people who consume alcohol can reach a higher level of intoxication at a quicker rate, which means they may not realize their level of impairment.
  • Increased presence of law enforcement – Police officers often increase their numbers on the road and set up sobriety checkpoints during the summer months, especially on holidays. The main goal of law enforcement during the summertime is to prevent DUI-related accidents.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Kansas or Missouri, the penalties for a conviction can have long-lasting consequences. In order to get the best results possible, our Kansas City DUI attorney at Rokusek Stein Law, LLC is dedicated to protecting your rights and future. There may be several defenses available to either get your charges dismissed or reduced, so it is important to obtain skilled legal representation immediately.

For more information, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.

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