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Decrease in alcohol-related arrests and fatalities over Thanksgiving weekend last year

Whether you're arrested over the holiday season or anytime throughout the year, you still deserve to be treated fairly in court.
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    December 18, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate being together with family and friends, but unfortunately, these are also some of the most dangerous times of the year for drunk driving accidents. According to the Albany Tribune, drunk driving fatalities and arrests were both down in Oregon last Thanksgiving weekend. Police reported only two fatalities related to drinking and driving last year, as opposed to at least three the previous two years.

Still, even two deaths are too many. Law enforcement will undoubtedly be vigilant over the holidays this year, to prevent more drunk driving deaths and keep the numbers from increasing. Strict DUI laws are just one of many strategies to keep Oregon residents safe over the holidays and throughout the year.

National campaign aims to raise awareness for buzzed driving

Everyone knows drinking and driving is dangerous, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council are attempting to raise awareness for the lesser-known, but still dangerous, practice of "buzzed" driving - which can be explained as driving with a blood alcohol content below the legal limit. While it's not illegal to have a drink or two before driving, as long as a driver's BAC doesn't exceed 0.08 percent, a person can still be arrested for impaired driving if an officer has reason to believe that the driver has been affected by drinking.

According to the New York Daily News, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent can affect a person's judgment, vision, muscle coordination and reaction times. For this reason, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all states reduce the legal BAC limit to 0.05 percent.

Psych Central says that accidents increase over the holidays due to more people attending parties, a lower alcohol tolerance from people who normally don't drink much the rest of the year, and people with alcohol problems feeling uninhibited to drink and drive more freely. Additionally, holiday shoppers on the roads combined with poor weather conditions can create a recipe for disaster, whether someone is drinking and driving or not.

People can help their loved ones avoid getting into an alcohol-related accident by:
- Providing the option of non-alcoholic beverages at parties and get-togethers.
- Designating a sober driver ahead of time.
- Setting a responsible limit as to how much they intend to drink.

It's estimated that the previous "Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign saved thousands of lives. It remains to be seen whether the newer campaign regarding buzzed driving will help people make smarter choices about drinking and driving over the next few years.

Getting help from an attorney

Whether you're arrested over the holiday season or anytime throughout the year, you still deserve to be treated fairly in court. Contacting an experienced drunk driving defense attorney can help you understand your charges. An attorney may also be able to negotiate lesser penalties for those arrested with a blood alcohol content below the legal limit.

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