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When are DWI arrests at their highest?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2019 | DWI Law

While drunk driving arrests can occur in virtually any area and at just about any time of day or night, there are certain times and occasions when authorities are more likely to be out looking for potential drunk drivers. Drunk driving arrests typically rise considerably during the summer months, for example, and this is especially true among teenage drivers who are out of school and more likely to spend more time on the roadways.

While the summer months, per BACTrack, see an uptick in drunk driving arrests, there are other times throughout the year when authorities are more likely to stop motorists and subsequently arrest them for driving while intoxicated.

Common dates and times for drunk drivers

Statistics show that more drunk drivers are on the roads on Saturdays than any other day of the week. Authorities also catch drunk drivers most frequently on weekend mornings between midnight and 3 a.m. As you may imagine, DWI arrests also tend to increase on holidays, because more people are likely to be celebrating with alcohol, and because more law enforcement officials are typically patrolling during these times. DWI arrests peak during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, when many people are traveling, on vacation or otherwise celebrating holidays and other special events; the evening before Thanksgiving, too, is a common time for drunk drivers to be on the roads.

Because law enforcement officers and departments are aware of the statistics surrounding drunk driving arrests and accidents, you can anticipate that most of them will increase patrols during certain times. While drinking and driving is always a bad idea, it can be especially dangerous to be on the roads during these times. Even if you do not end up in a drunk driving accident, yourself, you still run a higher risk of encountering other drivers who have been drinking during these times. 


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