Did you know that New Year's Day is typically the most dangerous day to drive of the year because of the high number of drunk drivers that are on the road? According to U.S. News and World Report, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that the average number of alcohol-related crashes on New Year's Day is almost 150 percent higher than the average for the same day of the week during the holiday season.
January 1 falls on a Saturday in 2011, which means that drivers should be extra careful because researchers predict that there will be more drunk driving deaths this New Year's Day compared to the average because the holiday is on a weekend. On New Year's Day 2005, when January 1 last fell on a Saturday, there were 98 people that died in an alcohol-related crash. The AAA Foundation reported that an average of 80 people are killed in an alcohol-related crash on New Year's Day.
Not only should drivers be looking for people that are impaired on the roads on New Year's Day, but vehicle owners should also be taking steps to prevent car theft. According to KEPR Action News, more vehicle thefts happen on New Year's Day than on any other holiday. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that 2,760 cars were stolen on January 1, 2010.
Law enforcement agencies in the Valley will certainly be cracking down on DUI crimes and vehicle theft crimes on the New Year's holiday. Anybody that is wrongfully arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs should contact an Arizona DUI attorney to learn more about the defendant's rights during the criminal defense process.