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Avoiding an Easter Sunday DUI

If you were asked to name the most dangerous holidays associated with high rates of drunk driving, which holidays would you pick? New Year’s Eve? Independence Day? St. Patrick’s Day? Certainly, some holidays tend to be more traditionally associated with drunk driving than others. However, many Americans understandably use any holiday as an excuse to relax and celebrate. Therefore, really any holiday can lead to high rates of drunk driving.

If you are planning to go out for Easter brunch, Easter dinner or a celebration of any kind this Sunday, please be cautious. While you might not expect a heightened number of law enforcement officers to be patrolling the streets on Easter Sunday, you should know that law enforcement departments in your area may be on heightened alert for drunk driving activity all day and night this coming Sunday.

As a result, it is important to drink in moderation. Many Easter brunch buffets and restaurants will feature discounted mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and other traditional alcoholic brunch drinks. While many Americans are used to monitoring their alcohol intake at night, some individuals are not used to monitoring their intake in the morning and afternoon. However, it is just as easy to be pulled over for a DUI during daylight hours as it is to be pulled over for this transgression at night.

Please, avoid drinking and driving no matter what time of day you choose to celebrate on Sunday. The last thing you likely want or need as Spring begins to bloom is a trip to jail for drunk driving.

Source: Findlaw Blotter, “Beware the Easter DUI,” Christopher Coble, April 3, 2015

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