For many Americans, Memorial Day weekend was the official kickoff of summer. Starting Memorial Day up until Labor Day, road traffic amps up as families and individuals hit the road for summer vacation. Inexperienced teen drivers are also out of school and are out driving with their friends, loud music, and cell phones. During the average Memorial Day weekend, 400 Americans will lose their lives in traffic accidents with 44 percent of those accidents caused by drunken drivers. According to the National Safety Council, the dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days for Southern Illinois motorists, a time period that includes seven of the ten deadliest driving days every year. In fact, in 2012, in the months of June, July and August, there were approximately 10,000 fatal traffic collisions.
What is it about these weeks that makes them so dangerous? One of the most obvious is the larger number of vehicles on the road, and the longer distances many drivers are driving. Summer is the time when vacation is common and Carbondale residents and students are on the move. In 2013, Americans logged over 780 billion miles on their vehicles during these 100 days. That’s a lot of driving and with a lot of driving comes more opportunities for drivers who consume alcohol during summertime parties and family gatherings.
Contact a Southern Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney
If you’re arrested or charged with a traffic violation after an auto collision, or arrested for driving under the influence during the 100 deadliest days of summer, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An alcohol or drug related driving offense requires immediate action to fully protect all of your rights. Individuals who are convicted of DUI may face serious consequences, including license suspension, jail time, and costly fines. Even a first-time offender may be subjected to the disastrous consequences of a DUI and the best way to beat a drunk driving charge is by obtaining the services of a skilled Southern Illinois criminal defense attorney. Call the Lawler Brown Law Firm today for a free consultation at 618-993-2222.