What Is the Worst Night to Drive Drunk?
The last thing you want to do is drink and drive, especially when the chances of a serious accident are high. It can be an expensive mistake and it can be dangerous for you, your passengers and other drivers on the road. If you are going to drink, plan a safe ride home with a designated driver or take public transportation.
New Year’s Eve
One of the biggest nights for drunk driving accidents is on New Year’s Eve, so make sure you have a designated driver or use public transportation. This is a great time to get together with friends and celebrate, but be sure to remember that if you drink, you need to be able to drive safely or risk getting into a crash that could kill you.
Thanksgiving, Blackout Wednesday and Thanksgiving
The night before Thanksgiving has become a notorious drinking day in many areas. It’s also known as “Thanksgiving” because it has topped the list of holidays with the most DUIs.
If you’re planning to drink on this holiday, it is important to note that the most dangerous time to drive is between midnight and 3 a.m. This is because there are more people on the road, and the likelihood of a crash is higher at this time.
It may be the first long weekend of the year, but it is also the most dangerous. A DUI is 61% more likely on Labor Day than the average weekend, and it’s a lot easier to find yourself behind bars for a few days.
Though it’s a time to celebrate, this weekend is also the deadliest. A DUI is 54% more likely on Memorial Day, which is a sad way to kick off the summer season.
Fourth of July
The 4th of July is a great time to enjoy the freedoms of America. However, a DUI is 100% more likely on Independence Day than the average week.
Weekday mornings are the least dangerous times to drive. Most drunk drivers go out to socialize during the week and aren’t driving home at this time.
Saturdays are the most dangerous because more people travel on the weekends and the amount of drunk drivers on the road is also more than on the rest of the week.
During the weekends, police agencies often set up DUI checkpoints on roads that are highly traveled. These checkpoints are meant to catch impaired drivers and prevent fatal crashes.
Be respectful of the officers who are working to save lives by avoiding making mention of where you found the checkpoint until after they’ve finished their work. Otherwise, they might not be able to locate the drivers they are looking for.
The NHTSA reports that drowsy driving is the number one cause of traffic accidents, and 1 in 4 drivers admit to being drowsy at some point during the previous month.