Memorial Day is a significant holiday for most. Whether people are out enjoying the day on a lake or river, taking a much needed long weekend to go camping, or mourning the loss of a fallen soldier, most people spend this day enjoying a drink or two.
Those who choose to observe this day may take their adventures with alcohol to a different level by drinking excessively. By doing so, many could end up with DUIs or could be victims of DUI related incidents on the road. No one wants a Memorial Day DUI and yet it happens to even the best of people.
Memorial Day DUI Statistics
In 2018, Arizona experienced 481 DUI related arrests around Memorial Day. While this number was down from the previous year, it is still far too high than it should be and still an endangerment of the many lives out on the road. The average BAC level for Memorial Day 2018 was blown at a .149 percent, the legal limit being .08 percent.
For those who don’t understand the repercussions of driving while intoxicated, people who are charged with a DUI can face fines of up to $10,000.
If you are choosing to celebrate Memorial Day or mourn the loss of a loved one by drinking alcohol, we recommend the following:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Appoint a designated driver if you decide to drink
- Eat a meal with your alcohol beverage
- Create a reasonable drinking limit for yourself and your friends
- Drink Responsibly
- Call an Uber or a Lyft to get you home if you or your friends drank too much
If you have been charged with a Memorial Day DUI or are a victim of a DUI related incident happening around Memorial Day weekend, you may need to hire a defense attorney to handle your case.
Should you choose to handle your DUI case by yourself, you could face the following consequences:
- Jail time
- Heavy fines and court fees
- Loss of your driver’s license
- Higher insurance rates
Memorial Day is supposed to be a day to honor a fallen veteran, not to endanger yourself and others out on the road after drinking. That being said, accidents happen and people make mistakes.
If you need help with your case so you won’t make a DUI related mistake again, we highly suggest getting in touch with the Killham Law Offices for assistance. We serve various counties Maricopa, Yavapai, Coconino, Pinal, and La Paz counties.
Contact us today for a FREE consultation for your DUI case and we will help.