The Holiday Season is upon us once again. You might be thinking that the holidays may be a relaxing time to spend out drinking with family and friends, and you would be right to think so. Unfortunately, however, many people over indulge in consuming alcohol in public, and underestimate the odds of getting caught with a Lake or Porter County DUI. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a dangerous proposition. No matter whether you are driving around the block or an hour away, if you drive under the influence often enough, you will get caught. During the holiday season, Lake and Porter County DUI enforcement is piqued, and the odds are even higher of getting caught.
The top 6 holidays for Lake and Porter County DUI’s are:
New Year’s Eve
Fourth of July
St. Patrick’s Day
It is difficult to determine whether the higher rates of Lake and Porter County DUI’s during the holidays are due to greater volume of impaired drivers or due to increased enforcement. If you drive during the holiday season you will likely encounter roadblocks on major roadways that serve as Lake and Porter County DUI enforcement. But this is the least of your worries if you operate a vehicle while intoxicated during the holiday season; most jurisdictions employ added patrol cars on major roadways as well as on more obscure roads such as county roads in unincorporated areas.
MYTH: Taking “the back way” significantly reduces the odds of being caught for a Lake or Porter County DUI. The odds of being caught on a country road are nearly equivalent to the odds of being caught on a major roadway. This is because, with added enforcement, the ratio of law enforcement to impaired drivers is comparatively much higher on less traveled roads. Therefore, if you are the only vehicle on the road, and you encounter a law enforcement vehicle, you are much more likely to be stopped. Also, if you live in a county with county roads that are not lined and marked, you may get lost and have to pull into a driveway or make a U-turn to get to your destination, both of which are highly conspicuous behavior to law enforcement officers. Finally, if the road is not lined or marked, you have a greater natural tendency to swerve, which gives a Lake or Porter County DUI enforcement officer reason to initiate a traffic stop.
Often, Lake and Porter County DUI checkpoints have with them judges on-duty to issue warrants for blood upon persons suspected of driving under the influence. (See, ‘No-Refusal’ DUI Checkpoints Deployed To Combat Holiday Drunk Driving).