Drunk driving patrols may be out in force this holiday season

For so many people, the holiday season truly is one of the most joy times of the year. Between celebrations with family, friends and colleagues, there is truly a lot to look forward to. Many of these festivities are likely to include alcohol. As the holidays grow closer, drivers may want to be aware that California police could increase the number of drunk driving patrols on the roads.

A study from the University of Alabama shows that the risk of car accidents is highest in the six-day period surrounding Christmas when compared to the days adjacent to Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Observers believe alcohol consumption plays a significant role in this, so law enforcement may be on the lookout.

To compound the issue, the difference between being over and under the legal limit might be smaller than many people assume. Put simply, having a second eggnog at a holiday celebration could mean the difference between driving home without issue and being charged for driving under the influence.

Knowing the complications that arise when a person is charged for DUI, drivers this holiday season may want to make preparations. Finding a sober ride may be the best plan.

The reality is that responsible people can make mistakes. Even though a person might feel in complete control of his or her vehicle, chemical tests might tell a different story to law enforcement officials. In the event that drunk driving charges arise this holiday season, those affected aren't without legal options. Developing a thoughtful defense strategy can help resolve the charges in the most positive way possible.

Source: USA Today, "Holiday revelers urged to avoid drunken driving," Larry Copeland, Dec. 11, 2013

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