During summer, there is an increased likelihood of drivers being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The United States Department of Transportation reports that summer holidays, including Memorial Day and Independence Day, are second only to the Thanksgiving holiday in terms of car accidents resulting in injury or fatality. It is important to be aware of the reasons for this increase and the measures that can be taken to avoid drunk driving car accidents this summer.
A Wilkes University Associate Professor of Sociology notes that warm weather relates to higher alcohol consumption. Social gatherings are more likely to take place outdoors, an atmosphere that lends itself to less stringent alcohol enforcement. Distracted driving is another contributing factor to the significant rise in alcohol-related accidents during the summer, as drivers may be more likely to be distracted by their cell phones or listening to music.
In New Jersey, anyone driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher is driving under the influence. Every person metabolizes alcohol at different rates, therefore the amount of drinks it takes to reach .08 percent will be different for each person depending on factors such as age, gender, and body weight. National law enforcement has increased the number of sobriety checkpoints and patrols to deter motorists from driving impaired. National marketing campaigns have also been launched to discourage drinking and driving.
Despite these efforts, the risk of being involved in an alcohol-related accident during the summer months remains high. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every day, 28 people in the United States suffer fatalities in alcohol-related driving accidents. To prevent such devastating consequences, the CDC recommends taking several precautions when drinking:
Designate a non-drinking driver for the group
Do not let friends drink and drive
Call an Uber, a taxi, or someone sober who can give you a ride home if you have been drinking
Conviction of a DUI can result in penalties such as fines, license suspension, jail time, community service, and implementation of an ignition interlock device. For those under the age of 21, a blood alcohol content of .01 percent or greater will constitute driving under the influence and may result in fines, license suspension, mandatory community service, and participation in alcohol and highway safety programs.
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