This week is the week of Thanksgiving, and for many across Southern California that means a long holiday weekend. It also means that rates of alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and deaths will likely increase. In response, law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles and surrounding communities will be on high alert for motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Thanksgiving is a holiday characterized by family and friends coming together, and alcohol is often a staple at these gatherings. In addition to holiday parties, weekends in general are also a time when people tend to unwind by drinking. Statistically, holidays and weekends see more drunk driving accidents and arrests than other days of the week. Law enforcement agencies know this too well.
To combat the issue of elevated drunk driving incidents, local law enforcement agencies will be increasing their focus on enforcing DUI laws. Some of their increased efforts will include:
- More officers on patrol in places and at time when alcohol-related traffic crashes most often occur
- Increased patrols focusing on stopping motorists suspected of being under the influence
- Sobriety checkpoints in locations known for drunk drivers
How to Avoid a Thanksgiving DUI
If you have plans this coming Thanksgiving weekend, Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP would like to remind you to stay safe. Authorities will be on high alert for impaired motorists and will be intent on increasing DUI arrest numbers. Make sure to drink responsibly or to plan for a ride before you drink. You can also use taxi services or find-a-ride apps like Uber.
Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers hope you and your loved ones have a Happy Thanksgiving. Should you or someone in your family need immediate help after a DUI arrest in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, or other nearby areas, our legal team can give you a free, confidential consultation. We've helped many clients arrested during periods of increased DUI enforcement and are prepared to help you.