The 4th of July is almost here, so it is important to bring up DUI arrests. The holiday is celebrated with barbecues, picnics, fireworks, and alcohol. Because this is a peak time for drinking and driving, law enforcement throughout the Tampa Bay area will be stepping up patrols over the holiday weekend.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has dubbed July 4th as the deadliest day for Americans on the road. Alcohol is a factor in 41 percent of 4th of July traffic deaths. July 3 and July 5 also have high numbers of alcohol-related collisions.
This year, the 4th falls on a Tuesday, so many people will be celebrating a three day or even four day weekend.
With the increased likelihood of a deadly accident, you will see more DUI patrols and checkpoints starting as early as Friday, June 30 and continuing through Wednesday, July 5. Please keep this in mind if you plan to get behind the wheel after drinking. Our Tampa Bay DUI Lawyers at Whittel & Melton encourage you to plan ahead and secure a safe ride home before you start drinking. Designate a driver to stay sober, call a taxi, or use Uber or Lyft.
In the event that you are arrested for a DUI over the 4th of July holiday, we are here to help you. Call us at 727-823-0000 as soon as possible after your arrest so that we can walk you through what to expect. We will be available 24/7 during this holiday weekend. Remember, even a first-time DUI conviction can result in a criminal record, jail time, and higher insurance rates.
From all of us at Whittel & Melton, happy 4th of July! Stay safe and call us at 727-823-0000 or contact us online if you or someone you love is facing DUI charges.