Interesting how incidents of drunk driving — and related law enforcement — increase at different times around the country. Holidays are important, of course, but so is the weather…
Police Step Up DUI Saturation Patrols
Kansas City, Mo. April 5 – Law enforcement agencies across the metro area will be cracking down on drunk drivers.
A sobriety checkpoint in Kansas City Friday netted 20 people on suspicion of driving under the influence. With the Royals in town, the nice weather, and several parties and proms this weekend, authorities said people are getting out and having a few drinks.
"This is the time of year when we all start doing saturation patrols and DUI check lanes because, as we know, this is the time of year when people tend to do a little more partying on the weekends," said Master Deputy Tom Erickson, of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Police urge residents that if they do plan on drinking this weekend to designate a driver, call a cab or find another way home other than driving.
Here in sunny Southern California, however, the peak dates for drunk driving and DUI-related arrests would be holiday-related: New Year's Eve, 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo. But perhaps surprisingly, based upon my own DUI defense law firm's influx of new client calls over the years, the winner for #1 peak time of the year is….Super Bowl Sunday.