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Is drunk driving more common at night?

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2022 | Wrongful Death

Drunk driving technically happens at all times of the day. There are people who have too many drinks at lunch and get pulled over. There are others who get pulled over early in the morning simply because they were drinking the night before.

But it is fairly clear that drunk driving happens more often at night. It is one of the reasons that 50% of fatal car accidents happen at night, despite there being far fewer cars on the road, and fatal accidents reach their peak each Saturday night. If some of those drivers are intoxicated, it increases the risks tremendously.

Why is this true?

Drunk driving happens more at night simply because this is when people have more free time. They spend the day at work or even at school. They may not even have a drink until around dinner time or even afterward.

You also have to look at trends for those who like to go to social events at bars, restaurants or even house parties. These types of events just tend to take place in the evening. That means that more impairment is just generally going to happen because of overall drinking trends, and it’s also why people often get arrested on DUI charges in the early morning hours. Blood alcohol concentration doesn’t drop very quickly, so a lot of people will be impaired for longer than they realize.

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If you lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident caused by someone else, or if you’ve suffered serious injuries, be sure you understand all of your legal options.