The New Year is a time of reflection and celebration. If you choose to go out with friends or family, make sure you designate a sober driver to ensure a safe ride home and avoid a New Year’s DUI charge. Not only will the traffic be more congested due to travelers and party-goers, you will also see an increase in patrol officers on the roadways.
The Most Dangerous Time of the Year
According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40% of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year’s involve a driver who is drunk. This is a 12% increase from the rest of the month of December. This year, the improving economy combined with New Year’s Eve falling on a weekend leads to a record number of travelers this New Year’s. When more people are on the roads, there will already be an increase in accidents. When you throw drinking into the equation that number rises even higher.
Increased Patrols Over New Years
Law enforcement officials are aware of these trends and therefore increase the number of patrolling officers throughout Wisconsin as well as the country. Police officers patrolling the roadways increase significantly, including special OWI taskforces in participating municipalities. The goal is the deter drunk driving by the increased visibility, and to catch those in the act.
A Safe Ride Home Minus the Handcuffs
Don’t drive under the influence this New Year’s. Even if you feel like you are alright to drive, don’t risk the chance of a Wisconsin OWI. Many charged with an OWI in the past did not think they were over the legal limit. The police officers will be out there looking for any indications of those driving under the influence. If you don’t have a designated sober driver, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers a free “Drive Sober” mobile app to assist in finding a safe ride home. The app uses your smart phone’s GPS locator to find alternate transportation in your area as well as a blood alcohol estimator and designated driver selector. You can download the app for free at www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/drivesober/.
Hire a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney
If you do receive a Wisconsin DUI this New Year’s, it is important to hire an attorney with experience in Wisconsin DUI Defense. Contact Attorneys Nathan J. Dineen or Daniel R. Skarie of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. You may complete and submit a Case Review or contact us toll free at 1-877-384-6800.