The holiday season is a time of good cheer, indulgence and getting together with family and friends. You may spend a lot of time going to holiday parties at this time of year in Pennsylvania. The period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is the holiday DUI season, where there is an increase in drunk driving, but it kicks off on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, according to American Addiction Centers.

Many people take this day to de-stress and let their hair down before the hectic times ahead. College students are home. People are just starting to get into the holiday spirit. With everything closing for Thanksgiving the next day, it creates a perfect atmosphere for people to go out and have a good time. This leads to a night filled with drunk driving incidents.

Factors

What seems to lead to the uptick in DUIs over the holiday season is the way people look at this time of year. People often feel they can overindulge, which includes drinking too much. They think what they do now is something they can remedy after the new year. Plus, there are many parties occurring that do not usually happen at such frequency during other times of the year.

This time of year seems to be when everyone decides to throw moderation out the window. Even social drinkers tend to go overboard. In reports from people under monitoring due to a previous DUI, the information shows even they see a 33% increase in alcohol consumption.

Some see the holiday season as the worst time of year. They may drink more due to stress, loneliness and depression.

Plus, it does not end there. Other factors that add to the risks for drunk driving incidents are that more people are driving after dark and in bad weather, both of which increase the chances for accidents even without alcohol involved. Also, there are more cars on the road as people are traveling more.

The holiday season should be a time of happiness, but that can quickly change if you end up with a DUI or, worse, get into a drunk driving accident. It helps to be aware of why DUIs are more prominent so you can keep an eye on your own alcohol consumption and watch out for others.