North Carolina, like many other states, had greater DWI enforcement over the holidays. A report from Dec. 21 said that 31 people in or near Raleigh were arrested for a DWI the weekend before Christmas.
During the holiday seasons, it’s normal for the police to be out in force. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was working with the police in Raleigh to try to stop drivers from speeding, driving while impaired or driving aggressively.
Since around the time of the Thanksgiving holiday, police and troopers in Raleigh and other areas of the state have been more vigilant than usual, sending out additional cruisers and officers to watch over drivers on interstates and major thoroughfares.
A heightened risk of a DWI occurs during the holidays
There is a higher risk of getting a DWI during the holidays for a few reasons. The first reason is that drivers are more likely to be participating in events or get-togethers where alcohol is available. This means that they’re more likely to be drinking before getting behind the wheel and increasing the risk of a DWI charge.
The second reason is that there are more police and highway patrol troopers out on the roads, so the likelihood of getting stopped is greater. There is simply more enforcement potential during the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year, in most states.
If you do end up getting stopped, remember that you don’t have to admit to drinking. You have a right to stay quiet and to get legal support if you are arrested. A good defense could help you avoid a DWI conviction.