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Don’t start the new year with a DUI

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Before you start your New Year’s Eve celebration, take a moment to think about the dangers of driving under the influence. According to the National Safety Council, 408 individuals could pass away this New Year’s holiday on American roadways. Midnight to six in the morning on New Year’s Day is the most dangerous time to be on the road. 

In addition to having the highest number of DUI arrests of any day of the year due to increased DUI rates, drunk drivers also typically have significantly higher blood alcohol concentrations on New Year’s Day than on any other day or holiday. Over 70% of DUI arrests will involve blood alcohol content (BAC) levels over .15, despite the .08 limit. That’s the difference between getting inebriated and blacking out, or the typical equivalent of about 3–4 drinks versus 7-8 drinks. 

North Carolina police will set up checkpoints

Driving under the influence (DUI) carries serious penalties in North Carolina, including the possibility of jail time, license suspension, and thousands of dollars in fines. North Carolina state troopers will be particularly vigilant during New Year’s Eve’s overnight hours. 

On your drive home, whether you live in the city or the suburbs, you will probably pass a DUI checkpoint. Although you have the option to try to avoid the checkpoint by turning down a side street, be advised that law enforcement personnel are alert to this type of conduct and will frequently follow and pull over cars that attempt to evade DUI checks. 

A DUI conviction can have major consequences for your life. You may face financial hardships, loss of work and insurance premium increases. Plus, your driving record may be affected and you could lose your license. Should you receive a DUI, you will need assistance with facing the charges. 

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