A bottle of wine is a seemingly natural accompaniment for a Thanksgiving dinner. For some, this happy coincidence may lead to having a little too much to drink. But, at the end of the evening, they get behind the wheel anyway, and having done this before, they think nothing will happen this time. They are totally unaware that about two-thirds of DUI convictions are for first time offenders.

Another common belief is that New Year’s Eve is the night when the most drunken driving accidents occur. It is a mistaken belief. New Year’s Eve runs a distant second to Thanksgiving, which statistically has the largest number of drunk driving fatalities.

In addition to the cost, inconvenience, and just plain hassle, drunk driving can lead to other, even more serious crimes as well; life altering crimes like vehicular manslaughter.

This year, like always, The Los Angeles Police Department will be on the lookout for impaired drivers over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, with checkpoints and saturation patrols already being planned in hopes of preventing people who drink from getting behind the wheel. Other enforcement efforts will include extra checkpoints and saturation patrols by the California Highway Patrol.

Don’t drink and drive, but if you’ve found yourself the unhappy recipient of a Thanksgiving DUI, contact a professional, qualified DUI attorney to guide you over the legal hurdles that comes with a DUI arrest. He can offer you the best hope for minimizing the immediate and long term negative effects that may result from a DUI conviction.

Daniel R. Perlman, Esq.

Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman