Labor Day and Holiday DUI
September 6, 2018
Labor Day weekend is traditionally celebrated as the unofficial end of summer. While the weather is conducive to driving, summer is also a time of high risk for car accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal car accidents in summer account for nearly half of all fatal car accidents in any given year. This is due to the combination of a high number of holiday travelers and a high number of alcohol-impaired drivers.
Holiday Drinking and Driving
The combination of holiday celebrations involving drinking and driving has proved deadly over the years. During a recent Labor Day weekend, 147 people in the United States were killed as a result of drunk driving. This was 36 percent of all highway fatalities during that weekend.
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been called “The 100 Deadliest Days” for young drivers. An incredible 90 percent of all driving deaths for youths occur during this time. In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a non-profit research group, has consistently found Independence Day to be the deadliest holiday of all for fatal traffic accidents.
Thanksgiving eve to New Year’s Day is sometimes referred to as DUI season. (Driving under the influence, DUI, is sometimes referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI)). An average of about 570 traffic fatalities occur in the U.S. over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend each year, and about 36 percent of these are related to alcohol.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation Division of Highway Traffic Safety has reported that nearly 30 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey are alcohol related. The state recently participated in a nationwide campaign to reduce incidence of DUI/DWI.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” funding from the NHTSA was used by New Jersey for local educational and enforcement efforts to reduce drunk driving and associated accidents. Sobriety checkpoints were set up, as well as an increased presence of roving patrol vehicles looking out for drunk drivers. As a result, 1,649 DWI arrests were made, and an untold number of accidents were prevented.
Drivers that have been in accidents or pulled over for erratic driving are often tested for blood alcohol content (BAC) by police officers. If the BAC is greater than 0.08 percent, they are considered impaired (DUI/DWI).
Legal consequences of DUI arrests can be devastating, including criminal and punitive consequences. Criminal penalties can include revocation of a license, fees, and even jail time. If a fatality occurs, the driver can also be held liable in a civil wrongful death suit.
Haddon Heights DUI Lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas J. Gossé Represents Drivers with DUI Charges
If you are facing a DUI violation, you are likely to face serious penalties and jail time. Contact an experienced Haddon Heights DUI lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas J. Gossé at 856-546-6600 or submit an online contact form to set up a free initial consultation. We can help determine a strategy to get the best possible outcome for your case. Our office is conveniently located to serve clients in Camden County, Burlington County, and surrounding areas.