In many parts of the country, winter is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive. Rain, snow, and ice can make winter driving naturally hazardous, and holidays like Thanksgiving and New Years add the element of intoxication to the mix. While summer should be a naturally safe time to drive, since roads are usually clear of ice and snow, DUI incidents can be quite high and extra cautions, especially by Birmingham teen drivers, should be taken around the summer holidays.
The period between May and September is one of the most dangerous times of the year for teen drivers. The freedom and bliss of summer break from school increases the amount of teenagers on the road, but also increases the likelihood of crashes and fatalities. Incidents of driving under the influence, or DUI, increase during the summer, as the heat makes people want to enjoy a drink and relax. Drinking in moderation is not a problem for most adults, as long as they do not choose to get behind the wheel afterward.
Many of the deadliest days for DUI driving in Alabama occur during the summer. The Fourth of July and the morning after are especially dangerous for drivers, with a much higher chance of encountering a motorist who is DUI. Pedestrians should be especially careful during these times, most notably in the morning after a holiday, when roads might otherwise seem safe.
Most DUI accidents occur between the hours of 6pm and 6am, when people are more likely to be on the road after a party or visiting a bar or nightclub. This is true in summer as well as any other time of year. The longer days and early mornings of summer might make it seem safer, but DUI incidents remain a danger any time of year. Teen drivers, who may still be inexperienced, should be especially careful while driving during these hours, since motorists who are DUI can be unpredictable and erratic in their driving.
Labor Day, at the end of summer, is also an especially dangerous night for Birmingham driving. The date changes from year to year, but it is always the first weekend of September. As summer is wrapping up, it is important to continue to exercise caution when driving at night, as intoxicated drivers are always a danger. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a summertime DUI driver, call the Birmingham DUI accident victim lawyers at Guster Law Firm, LLC. We’ll fight for your rights and work to make sure they pay for their dangerous and irresponsible driving. Contact us at (205) 581-9777