Summer is a time people like to celebrate by going on picnics and road
trips to the beach. Because many people have more free time from work
and school during the summer, the roadways are much busier with drivers,
including those who have had a few alcoholic beverages before getting
behind the wheel. The summer months see an increased presence of law enforcement
officers on the lookout for DUIs, distracted driving, speeding, and other
traffic violations that pose a serious threat to the public. If you want
to avoid an unwanted arrest or senseless fatal accident, it’s important
to closely monitor your alcohol consumption during the summer.
More Police Are On Patrol
Fairs, concerts, festivals, and sporting events don’t just draw large
public crowds during the summer, they also catch the attention of law
enforcement as well. In the summer, police are out in full force looking
for drunk drivers, as well as boat operators under the influence of alcohol
or illegal drugs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
says, “a higher volume of holiday travelers, including a significantly
higher number of alcohol-impaired drivers, cause nearly twice the number
of automotive deaths during summer months than during the rest of the
year combined.” Because of this, law enforcement increases its numbers
in the months of summer. If you are going to have few drinks this summer,
don’t drive. Instead, use a designated driver or rideshare service
like Lyft or Uber to get home.
Heat & Alcohol
When it’s hot out, it’s only natural to want something cold
to drink. In hot weather, we lose our fluids when we sweat. When you drink
alcohol in high temperatures, it acts as a diuretic that drains your body
of the fluids it needs most. People also consume more in the heat because
they have a stronger thirst. Drinking alcoholic beverages too quickly
in the heat can make you reach a high level of intoxication without even
noticing it. Alternate the alcoholic beverages you drink with water to
help avoid dehydration and other serious heat-related illnesses.
Blood Alcohol Concentration
It is important to note that your BAC is based on many factors and will
fluctuate each time you consume alcohol. The rate of alcohol you consume
is a significant contributor to your BAC, as well as the strength of the
alcohol you drink. Drinks with higher alcohol concentrations can also
cause the pyloric valve to seize, which delays absorption for hours. Drinks
that have less alcohol content can usually be absorbed much more quickly.
Cigarette smoking can also delay your ability to maximally absorb alcohol.
Speak with a DUI Attorney
If you or someone you know ends up facing DUI charges this summer, you
should call our
St. Augustine DUI lawyers. At the Albaugh Law Firm, we are familiar with DUI cases and we know how
to pursue justice on behalf of your clients. With more than five decades
of legal experience, our team of professionals have the skills and resources
you need to secure a positive outcome.
Call (904) 637-1839 to set up your free initial consultation with our legal