At What Time of Year Are There the Most DUIs?

At What Time of Year Are There the Most DUIs?

April 10, 2019

It is an unfortunate reality that drinking and driving is a widespread issue every day of the year. However, there are some times of year where the issue becomes significantly worse, and law enforcement teams have to prepare by putting up more DUI checkpoints and performing more enforcement actions to get drunk drivers off the road and prevent other drivers from getting behind the wheel drunk.

Here’s some information from a DUI lawyer in Cincinnati, OH about the times of year at which you can expect there to be the most DUIs.

New Year’s

Every year, the early hours of New Year’s Day are among the most dangerous times for drivers, as many people have spent the entire evening and night celebrating the turn of the calendar. This is one of the biggest alcohol-focused holidays of the year, and there are far too many people who decide they will drive home rather than make other arrangements, even when they still have lots of alcohol in their systems.

Research indicates about 50 percent of fatal road accidents that occur around New Year’s involve at least one driver who was drunk. New Year’s is almost always among the deadliest holidays of the year for driving, and very frequently takes the number one position.

4th of July

The 4th of July is another one of the worst days for fatal accidents involving drunk drivers. People have the day off work, and there are lots of parties that involve heavy drinking. Much of this drinking occurs during the day in the form of afternoon barbecues and outdoor celebrations, so a lot of the drunk driving incidents that happen occur on the evening of the fourth, rather than the early hours of the fifth.

St. Patrick’s Day

The early hours of March 18th (the day following St. Patrick’s Day) or the weekends surrounding St. Patrick’s Day when most parties and celebrations occur also fall among the most dangerous days of the year for drivers. This is because the holiday is one that emphasizes the consumption of alcohol, potentially more than any other holiday celebrated in the United States.


Thanksgiving is one of the heaviest travel days of the year, so the roads are already more congested and difficult to navigate as it is. Thanksgiving isn’t as strongly associated with drinking as these other holidays, but there is definitely drinking involved. However, perhaps the more dangerous time is the night before and the early morning of Thanksgiving Day. The day before Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days of the year for people returning to their hometowns to go out to local bars and catch up with old friends before spending the holiday with family, and tends to result in more DUI issues than the holiday itself.

For more information about the most dangerous times of year for drivers in the United States, contact an experienced DUI attorney in Cincinnati, OH at Herzner Law, LLC and we will be happy to answer your questions.

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