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Why DUI arrests tend to go up in Shreveport every summer

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Drunk Driving

Summer is here. While summer means the joy of sunny days, no school and more leisure activities, it also marks an increase in DWI arrests in Shreveport and the rest of the country.

There are several reasons this seems to happen starting around Memorial Day and lasting until Labor Day or so. Here are a few of the most important:

Increased travel and good weather

One primary reason for the spike in DWI arrests during summer is the favorable weather. With clear skies and warmer temperatures, more people are inclined to drive to various destinations both near and far. The more people on the road, the more impaired drivers there will be.

Social activities and celebrations

Summer breaks and pleasant weather collectively contribute to a surge in social gatherings such as barbecues and beach parties. With schools and universities on vacation, young adults and families seize the chance to socialize, whether to celebrate official holidays like Juneteenth and the Fourth of July or just enjoy the weekend. Alcohol is often served at these parties.

Heightened law enforcement presence

Anticipating the summer increase in social drinking and driving, law enforcement agencies typically intensify their vigilance. You might notice more patrols and DWI checkpoints during these months as officers aim to step up arrests.

Relaxed routines and late-night outings

With fewer daily responsibilities like school or certain jobs on hold, many indulge in late-night activities that extend into the early hours. This shift in routine can lead to increased alcohol consumption and, subsequently, a higher risk of DWI as people drive home from these late-night events.

Seeking legal guidance after a DWI arrest

If you are facing DWI charges this summer, it’s crucial to act swiftly. Contacting a defense attorney promptly can significantly influence the outcome of your case. A knowledgeable attorney will help you understand your rights, explore your options, and develop a strategy to navigate the legal challenges ahead.