There’s so much to be thankful for this time of year and even more love to go around. Just thinking about all the food and fun you get to share with friends and family is enough to get you excited for the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday.
While this is a wonderful time of year, Thanksgiving is also the holiday where drivers and pedestrians are more at risk of accidents. With Blackout Wednesday right before and Black Friday right after, Thanksgiving is sandwiched in between a night of partying and super sales that bring more people out of the house and on the roads than usual.
The four day weekend usually tempts people to drink more than usual as well. Why? Experts have chalked this up to both environmental and emotional factors. The holiday can be a time to relax and hang out with family and friends, but also a time of stress and anxiety. In fact, for some people, Thanksgiving increases feelings of isolation. This, combined with anxiety and stress, could cause them to self-medicate with drugs and/or alcohol. Others, just simply want to have fun and let loose with friends by partying hard at the bars.
With more people drinking over the Thanksgiving holiday, police arrest a lot more people for DUIs. Across the United States, a higher number of accidents are caused during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend by impaired drivers compared to other holidays, like New Year’s Eve or Christmas. These accidents, along with arrests, are 100 percent preventable.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so you may want to think twice before having a few cocktails and getting behind the wheel. Our Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton would like to remind you that breaking DUI laws can result in jail time, license suspension, and hefty fines.
To make sure your Thanksgiving celebrations go off without a hitch, be responsible and choose to not drink and drive. If you do drink, then be smart and use a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft, or just get a taxi home. However, we realize that sometimes good people make mistakes. In case you find yourself facing DUI charges, don’t hesitate to call us at 866-608-5529 or contact us online. Your consultation is free and we will be available 24/7 this Thanksgiving holiday.
From all of us at Whittel & Melton, Happy Thanksgiving!