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As we settle into the holiday season, everything seems to pick up and move a little faster. There are more errands to be done, shopping excursions and holiday parties with friends, families and coworkers begin to fill up the schedule. However, with the increased activity and festive atmosphere, there is more risk than any other time for DWI and DUI charges.

Time and time again statistics show that the month of December, where mortality rates for auto accidents is already exceptionally high, is the most deadly time of the year for drunk-driving incidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration numbers find that in 2011 there were 32,367 fatalities in auto accidents nationwide. Of those accidents, 31% (9,878) involved drunk-driving. Further statistics from 2007-2011 have counted 4,169 fatalities from accidents that involved a driver with a BAC of over .08 in the month of December alone.

Clearly there is trend, and law enforcement officials nationwide have taken note. This 2013 holiday season is seeing an unprecedented level of sobriety checkpoints and other measures being taken to deter and catch would-be drunk drivers. From the Thanksgiving weekend through the New Year, police officers at the local and state level are being ordered to crackdown and find drunk drivers before any harm can befall vulnerable drivers on the nation’s roads.

What does this mean for the average driver? It means don’t risk it. Even if you feel “fine” to drive, the law may say otherwise. Mandatory checkpoints are being set up on the nation’s most populated roadways and back-roads alike. If you find yourself in a checkpoint, you want to be sure that there is no doubt or risk.

Before going to a holiday party, make sure that you have a designated driver. Drink several glasses of water and eat a big meal even if you have only 1 drink. Plan to take advantage of taxi-service or public transportation if you are expecting to drink a little more.

Above all else, you must practice the self-control to never “risk” it. Driving while having any degree of inebriation may change yours or another’s life, forever. The risk is far too great and frankly there is no reward. Ask a friend or colleague to give you a lift home and leave your car locked up tight for the night during the holiday season.

We at Brock Law wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and New Year!

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