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Denver Criminal Defense Attorney: The Most Common Times People Drive Under the Influence

May 3, 2017

Did you know that there are certain times of the day and the year where the number of people who are driving under the influence is higher than average? According to Denver criminal defense attorney John Buckley, it’s true. Here are some of the most common times that people may be arrested for DUI:

Summer Time

The 100 days between Memorial and Labor Day is often referred to as the 100 deadliest days for teens. Why? The vast majority of teens are out of school for summer vacation at this time, and many tend to celebrate by drinking alcohol even though they are underage. It’s important to note that the legal limit is much lower for teens than it is for adults over the age of 21. If you are under the age of 21 in Colorado, you can be charged with driving under the influence if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% or higher. Learn more about Colorado underage DUIs.


It’s common to celebrate certain holidays with a few cocktails, but unfortunately, many people who drink too much on the holidays choose to drive themselves home afterwards. Police officers tend to aggressively pursue drunk drivers on major holidays because they know more people will be drinking and driving. Some of the busiest holidays for DUI arrests include Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Even though it is not formally a holiday, the night before Thanksgiving, known as Black Wednesday, is another time when there are a lot of drunk drivers on the road.


If there is a major event in the area or celebrated nationally, it’s very likely that there will be more drunk drivers and thus more DUI arrests. For example, police officers look closely for drunk drivers on the night of the Super Bowl, where millions of football fans are drinking and watching the biggest game of the year. Local police officers may also be on the lookout for drunk drivers after a big concert, festival, or sporting event in your community.

Day & Time

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there tends to be more drunk drivers on the road on Saturdays than any other day of the week. This is because many people choose to go out on Saturday nights, but they may not make a smart decision when it comes to figuring out how to get home.  The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study and found that nearly one-third of fatal drunk driving accidents occur on the weekends, which supports the NHTSA’s claim. The study also showed that there are more drunk drivers on the roads between the hours of midnight and 3am than any other time period in the day.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence or driving while ability impaired, contact the Law Office of John Buckley. We work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your case.