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Drinking and driving more prevalent certain times of the year

Louisiana sees its fair share of drunk drivers every single day. Drinking and driving is common, but it is certainly more prevalent at certain times of the year. Over Christmas, New Year's and other holidays, for example, the state sees quite a few DUI-related accidents and arrests.

There are generally two reasons why people tend to drink more around holidays: celebration or depression. Regardless of why a person chooses to drink, it is up to him or her to choose to refrain from driving. Planning ahead, or having a designated driver or other way home already set up is always a good thing.

Unfortunately, too many people fail to plan ahead, or they truly believe that they are still okay to drive. In Dec. 2016, the state of Louisiana saw 22 auto accidents that were alcohol-related. These collisions resulted in 23 fatalities. Nationwide, during that same month, 781 people died in DUI-related accidents. That is just in one month; thousands more die every year, and many more suffer injuries at the hands of drunk drivers.

Because this is a significant problem, the state of Louisiana does not take drinking and driving lightly. Those accused of driving under the influence may face serious consequences if they are convicted. Fighting a DUI charge can be difficult, especially if it is a felony-level offense. Those who stand accused of impaired driving can help themselves by seeking out legal counsel with experience and a good track record for handling such cases. With the right help, all the necessary steps to achieve the best outcome possible can be taken.

Source: shreveporttimes.com, "Driving sober especially important at the holidays", Dec. 3, 2017

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