You can potentially encounter drunk drivers on any stretch of road and at any time. However, there are certain times when your risk of encountering drunk drivers goes up substantially.
Avoiding the roads or watching more carefully for bad driving behaviors by others during these high-risk times could potentially help you avoid a crash. Let’s look at some.
Late at night
People tend to drive themselves home after drinking too much, which means you are likely to encounter drunk drivers late at night when bars and restaurants close for the evening. Even those drinking at their own home or with friends at a private residence may expect to escape law enforcement efforts by using the cover of darkness as protection.
Over the weekends
While not everyone has the weekends off from work, enough people do to make them a particularly dangerous time to be on the roads. Late Friday and Saturday nights can be particularly dangerous times in terms of your likelihood of encountering a drunk driver.
Around the holidays
Many holiday celebrations involve alcohol consumption, which means that the 4th of July and Thanksgiving are times when there are more drunk drivers out on the road. The weekends right before and after holidays tend to be particularly dangerous and frequently see spikes in drunk driving fatalities.
While you can’t stay off the roads every weekend or holiday, you can use this information to help reduce your risk. If you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle collision caused by a drunk driver, having legal guidance can help you get the compensation you need.