Drunk Driving Is Not Restricted to Late Nights and Weekends
When most of us think about drunk drivers causing dangerous accidents, we think about late nights, weekends, and holidays. The fact is, however, that a drunk driver can get behind the wheel of his or her car at any time of the day or night. Further, these drivers are dangerous drivers who are far more likely to cause serious, even deadly, accidents.
Drunk Driving Crashes by Hour and Day of the Week
Statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) confirm that accidents involving drivers who are under the influence of alcohol do, indeed, spike between 10 PM and 3 AM on most nights of the week and at nearly any time on Saturdays. Nevertheless, accidents involving alcohol can happen anytime – and consistently do. Even though the majority of alcohol-related traffic fatalities fall within the peak hours of late nights and weekends, hundreds of such fatalities are scattered throughout the rest of the week. This is not to mention the thousands of nonfatal, injurious alcohol-related accidents that occur within this non-peak time frame.
Bars Are Businesses
People drink for many reasons, and many head to the bar to do so – although plenty of people drink in private before getting behind the wheel of their cars. While bars are often packed to bursting on the weekends – and even some late nights during the week – these businesses see plenty of downtime. Bars, being businesses, are motivated to generate revenue by hustling for business during non-peak hours. Typically this involves having cheap drink deals that can tempt motorists to overindulge before heading back home after a rough day at the office. In other words, bars stay in business by selling alcohol, and they do what they can to maximize these sales throughout their business hours.
While many bars and bar/restaurants will push discounted drinks during off-hours, motorists are ultimately responsible for driving safely and responsibly every single time they get behind the wheel of their vehicles. A responsible driver who overindulges in alcohol has plenty of options, and getting behind the wheel should never be among them. Responsible choices include calling a friend or family member for a ride, hailing a cab, or grabbing an Uber. When a driver who is under the influence of alcohol chooses to get behind the wheel of his or her car, that driver endangers everyone with whom he or she shares the road – no matter what time of day or what day of the week it is.