During Thanksgiving, DUI Arrests Skyrocket Across Nation (But Are Those Roadblocks Even Legal?)

November 22, 2017
On behalf of The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg Posted in Car Accident

It’s practically impossible to find sober people on the streets of Los Angeles on Thanksgiving Eve, which is – fairly – referred to as ‘Black Wednesday’.

And unfortunately, it’s also quite a challenge to find drivers whose blood alcohol content (BAC) levels would be lower than those allowed by state laws on Thanksgiving Eve.

Thanksgiving is a long four-day weekend in the United States, and the pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday is one of the busiest nights of the year for bars and nightclubs in Los Angeles.

Sadly, many people choose to get under the wheel to head back home after drinking one too many with their colleagues at work to celebrate Thanksgiving…

…Or getting wasted and hopping into their car to make a quick trip to the nearest store to buy those Thanksgiving gifts or pre-cooked, heat-and-eat turkeys just in time for the annual holiday.

The average number of fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers and DUI arrests skyrocket at this time of the year. Annual nation-wide car accident statistics show that Thanksgiving and the Christmas and New Year period are the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year in the U.S.

Fact: in recent years, Thanksgiving has been a deadlier holiday than New Year’s Eve.

Interestingly, the number of calls our Los Angeles car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg received from victims of DUI car crashes or drivers who were alcohol-impaired when they caused a traffic collision to rise sharply.

More checkpoints and roadblocks on Thanksgiving: Is it legal?

One of the factors that contribute to the unbelievably high number of fatalities and DUI arrests during Thanksgiving’s four-day weekend – aside from the most obvious one that more people get under the wheel drunk around Thanksgiving – is police in practically all cities and states of our country install more checkpoints and roadblocks at this time of the year.

And, understandably, many of our clients who get busted for driving under the influence of alcohol of drugs ask our car accident attorneys: is it even legal?

The constitutionality of the increased number of roadblocks around Thanksgiving in Los Angeles and other cities across California has been debated for years, but the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that these checkpoints are lawful because they’re aimed at addressing the problem of drunk driving around Thanksgiving.

Our Los Angeles DUI car accident attorneys argue that while the number of DUI arrests rise steadily every year, all those roadblocks seem to do is boost DUI arrest statistics in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California. Not that it’s a bad thing though, as many of those drunk drivers who get arrested could have killed or injured someone.

What to do in a DUI car accident in Los Angeles?

During 2016’s Thanksgiving, the California Highway Patrol arrested 902 people statewide for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is a disturbing statistics given that at least 160,000 DUI arrests are carried out in California annually.

Fact: a total of 31 people died in car accidents on roads and highways in California during last year’s Thanksgiving.

This year, the CHP has once again warned Los Angeles motorists to drive safe and sober during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as they would be launching their “maximum enforcement period” beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Given the shocking statistics of how many drunken or drug-impaired drivers get under the wheel of their vehicles during Thanksgiving, it would be a good idea to prepare yourself for the worst outcome beforehand.

You need an auto accident lawyer in Los Angeles on your phone in order to be able to resolve a car accident involving a drunken or drug-impaired driver in your best interests as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg has handled hundreds of car accidents and DUI arrests during Thanksgiving over the years.

Although being busy during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend means spending less time with our families and devouring (less) turkey with stuffing (and the yummy cranberry sauce!), our experienced Los Angeles attorneys are willing to work day and night to ensure that our clients and victims of DUI car accidents obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses.

Even your insurance company’s office may not return your calls during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to file a claim. And that’s a good thing because the first thing you need to do before informing your insurer about the car crash is to consult an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney.

Call our offices at 310-997-0904 for a free case evaluation.


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