Considered the deadliest time of the year for drivers and pedestrians, summertime stands out for its rapid increase in DWI cases.
Between 2019 and 2020, this increment slowed down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as we get closer to achieving herd immunity and are slowly getting back on track, DWI incidents are already on the rise this summer.
In this blog, we’ll walk you through three reasons why DWI cases generally spike during the summer months. Continue reading to see our analysis.
1. More to See, More to Do
When the sun’s out, everyone’s out. Compared to other seasons, summer attracts more people to the great outdoors, with activities ranging from going to the beach to camping. People are planning weekend getaways and taking road trips to the beach for fun in the sun, the lake for boating, and the city to explore.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are kick-starting their summer plans with full force. Not only is traffic expected to increase, but the chances of people drinking and driving are also predicted to continue to rise. Under such circumstances, DWI arrests are already increasing, and are expected to rise further with no-refusal weekends.
2. Less Stress, More Fun
June and July are considered the two months people get to take a much-needed breather. As they plan vacations, people let go of stress and try to kick back, relax, and have fun.
For many people, time off doesn’t equate to recklessness. Others, though, may throw caution to the wind and shrug off the responsibility of not drinking so they can drive safely during the day while they’re on their way to and from their activities and at night when they go out and about.
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Under Texas law, it is not illegal for adults of drinking age to drink and then drive a motor vehicle. But it is illegal to drive while intoxicated. In many cases, officers are trying to keep our roads safe, but sometimes they misinterpret the results of roadside tests or they use breath- or blood-testing equipment that’s not warranted to be used for DWI tests, hasn’t been calibrated, or, worse, malfunctions.
The safest bet if you are planning an evening out is to not drink and then drive. Assign a designated driver or simply take a Lyft or Uber home. These options are more economical than hiring a criminal defense attorney.
If you or a loved one recently got wrongly arrested for drunk driving in Texas, make sure you reach out to an experienced and qualified lawyer right away. As a DWI lawyer operating in the Friendswood area serving clients all over Greater Houston, Attorney JL Carpenter will provide the representation you deserve.
Over the years, she has successfully handled a wide range of DWI cases. Explore her practice areas, reviews, and case results for more insight into her expertise and approach. Once you’re ready, schedule a consultation with JL to protect your freedom and future.
As an accomplished criminal defense attorney, she also handles family violence, domestic violence, and drug possession cases.