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Be careful not to get caught driving drunk on July 4

Next week, many Dunkirk residents will celebrate the Fourth of July. Some people will commemorate the holiday by having barbecues or picnics and by lighting fireworks. Others will take road trips. Many Maryland residents will consume alcohol. It shouldn't come as a surprise that this holiday is one of the deadliest in terms of driving under the influence (DUI) crashes.

Data published by the insurance company Esurance captures how as many as 34.4 million individuals across the country take to the road every Independence Day weekend. It also captures how Americans purchased nearly 70 million cases of beer over that same weekend just last year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety warns that July 4 is one of the deadliest days for motorists. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that 40 % of all fatal highway accidents that occurred in between 2007 and 2011 happened on Independence Day weekend. Most were caused by drunk drivers.

Individuals who drive drunk have the potential of hurting both themselves and others. They often travel down the road in the wrong direction or run a stop sign or red light. They also often crash into others at a high rate of speed. These types of accidents often cause catastrophic injuries.

A motorist who is charged and convicted with a DUI in Maryland can face significant jail time and fines. Their driver's license may be suspended for anywhere between a few months and years. It may even be permanently revoked. If they do regain their driving privileges, then they're likely to be assessed higher insurance rates because. All of this can greatly impact a person's freedom and finances.

Motorists who are stopped on suspicion of DUI or driving while intoxicated (DWI) aren't always indeed drunk or drugged. Only field sobriety tests and blood alcohol content (BAC) level testing, when performed correctly, can help officers confirm their suspicions.

Individuals who have been charged with a DUI or DWI should consult with a drunk driving attorney who will stand by them from the beginning to the end. This includes reviewing their case and advising them of the legal options that they can pursue in their case if testing is deemed to have indeed been performed correctly.

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