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Holiday DUI realities

People who live in New York have for many decades now been witness to numerous public awareness and education campaigns about the dangers associated with driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. While there is a defined blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent that determines whether or not a person is considered legally intoxicated, the reality is that a person's ability to drive safely may be inhibited even with a BAC below that threshold.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that two out of every three people will at some point be impacted by a drunk driving accident. The chance of this may increase at night as the rate of fatal crashes involving alcohol in 2014 was 34 percent during dark hours versus nine percent during daylight hours.

With this time of year having much shorter days, drivers are on the road during dark hours more than in the summer. That combined with the number of holiday parties and gatherings during December may make this month a very dangerous time on the roads.

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility indicates that in 2016, alcohol was an identified factor in 36 percent of fatalities during Christmas. In 32 percent of those crashes, drivers had BAC levels of at least 0.08 percent and in four percent of crashes, the BAC level was below 0.08 but still measurable. People who are impacted by drunk drivers this holiday season might find it useful to talk with an experienced attorney to learn how to seek compensation.



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