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DWIs Increase During the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, drivers need to become aware of the consequences of drinking and driving. The chances of being involved in an accident with a drunk driver significantly increases during this time of year. In addition to the increased risk of being in a car accident, arrests for DWI skyrocket as well during the holidays. In fact, Thanksgiving Eve has become the unofficial busiest night of the year for bars, while the 35-day period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is referred to by many as “DWI Season” because arrests are highest at this time. Below, we explain some of the statics for DWI incidents during the holiday season.

  • 40% of traffic-related deaths during the holidays are caused by drunk drivers
  • Thanksgiving is a bigger drinking day than New Year’s Eve or St. Patrick Days, especially in larger urban areas
  • 2-3x more people die in alcohol-related accidents between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than the rest of the year
  • Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, 1,200 people will be killed in crashes caused by excessive drinking
  • 25,000 people will be injured in accidents caused by excessive drinking between Thanksgiving and New Year’s
  • 51% of drunk drivers claim they drink more during the holidays compared to the rest of the year
  • 92% of DUI offenders claim that 24/7 alcohol monitoring helped them stay sober during the holiday season
  • 16% of adults claim they drink more than usual during the holidays
  • 22% of people who attend holiday work functions say they feel pressured to drink
  • 50% of people claim that alcohol is a significant part of their family’s holiday gatherings
  • 96% have gone to work hungover after party

Want to learn more about DWIs during the holidays? Contact our Minneapolis DWI lawyers to find out how we can assist you today.


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