Early-Morning Drunk Driving on the Increase

According to law-enforcement officers, there has been an increase in the number of motorists driving while impaired by alcohol in the early hours of the morning. In fact, a recently study that was conducted by a television station found increased number of DUI arrests and accidents caused by impaired drivers, during the 6 AM commute in New York.

Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers believe that these early-morning drunken-driving episodes may be especially more dangerous, because many motorists don’t expect to be driving with an impaired motorist in the lane next to them. As a result, motorists are not necessarily looking out for signs of drunk driving involving other motorists on the road. Many of the signs of intoxicated driving that are easily recognizable to other motorists during nighttime simply don’t register as much when a motorist observes these signs in the daytime. Therefore, motorists who observe a drunk driver weaving between lanes, or showing signs of aggressive driving, may fail to alert police in time. The result could be a potentially catastrophic accident.

In fact, according to the study, there have been a number of recent accidents in New York caused by motorists driving under the influence of alcohol in the early hours of the morning. Many of these resulted in fatalities. Often, people don’t realize that when they have drunk heavily at night, the system may not have completely absorbed the alcohol by the next morning. Even having a good night’s sleep, and eating a hearty breakfast doesn’t necessarily guarantee that all the alcohol traces will be eliminated from your system by the next morning. As a result, your driving skills could still be impaired, increasing the risk of a potentially serious accident.

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