December 18, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- It's likely that in most areas of Pennsylvania, as well as the rest of the country, police are going to be extra vigilant over the holiday season to prevent drunk driving injuries and deaths. This may mean more DUI arrests
. According to Philly.com, last year in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties, there were 8 alcohol-related crashes and 32 people arrested on DUI charges over a 5-day period near Christmas - numbers that were higher than the previous year.
Drunk driving is a serious problem in our state. In 2011, there were 407 drunk driving deaths in Pennsylvania, and a staggering 48,519 DUI arrests, according to The Century Council. And the holiday season has always been one of the most dangerous times of the year for drinking-related accidents.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign ramps up
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council are continuing their previous campaign on buzzed driving, which includes driving after only having one or two drinks. Although it's not illegal
to drive with a blood alcohol content under 0.08 percent, some drivers can be affected after only having one or two drinks, according to the New York Daily News. This is one reason the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that states lower the legal BAC limit to 0.05 percent. Buzzed driving can affect vision, reaction times, judgment and muscular coordination. Additionally, a police officer can still arrest a person on suspicion of impaired driving if he or she suspects a person's driving ability has been affected by any amount of alcohol.
Psych Central says a number of factors usually contribute to the danger of holiday drinking every year:
- More people attending parties and social functions where alcohol is served.
- Lower alcohol tolerance from people who don't usually drink much during the rest of the year.
- People with alcohol problems feeling freer to drink and drive more frequently.
- More holiday shoppers on the road, combined with dangerous road and weather conditions.
People can help their family and friends avoid accidents and arrests by encouraging them to make smarter drinking decisions. This can include setting a limit on the amount of alcohol consumed at a get-together, designating a sober driving in advance, offering non-alcoholic beverages at a party and discouraging people who have been drinking from driving. In fact, the previous "Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign was estimated to have saved thousands of lives, because many people stepped up to prevent their loves ones from drinking and driving. The aim of the buzzed driving campaign is to help people understand that it can be dangerous to drive even with a blood alcohol content under the legal limit.
When to contact an attorney
If a driver was arrested for drinking and driving, despite being under the legal limit, it can help to speak with an experienced drunk driving defense attorney. But no matter how much a person was drinking at the time of an arrest, anyone has the right to fair and unbiased representation in court.
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