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THANKSGIVING EVE: Thanksgiving Wishes – and What You Should Know – As We Head into What Has Become Known as One of the Biggest Nights of the Year for DWI/DWAI Arrests

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As we get ready to welcome in Thanksgiving, we wanted to wish our colleagues and friends all the best for the holiday.  We also wanted to take this opportunity to address some of the things to keep in mind this holiday season, as we enter into what has become known as the biggest time period for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DWI/DWAI) arrests: the weeks between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year’s Day.

In most states, and certainly on Long Island, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has become known as one of the biggest drinking nights of the year.  Also known as “Blackout Wednesday”, Thanksgiving Eve typically sees a high number of Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs or alcohol (DWI/DWAI) arrests, as college students and young professionals returning home for Thanksgiving gather with old friends and are drawn to one of the busiest nights of the year for drinking at local bars and a time of many get-togethers. 

As college students, young adults – and anyone gathering with friends and family – head out the door this Thanksgiving Eve, keep in mind that you need to pay extra caution on the roads during the holiday season.  In talking to your teens/young adults home for the holiday, make sure to stress to them the importance of always arranging for a sober ride home – as well as reinforcing the fact that “buzzed driving is drunk driving.”   It’s possible that checkpoints and traffic stops may be initiated on this night that typically sees a spike in Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs or alcohol (DWI/DWAI) arrests, and a drunk driving charge would certainly start the holiday weekend off on a negative note.

Here are a few of the things parents should  talk about with their sons and daughters as they return home from college this Thanksgiving … and run out the door to meet their old high school friends for this growing “Thanksgiving Eve tradition” here on LI:

  • drunk driving laws as they pertain to college-aged kids, and the existence of a  DWI Zero Tolerance Law for individuals under age 21
  • the impact of a drunk driving arrest, and both the short-term and long-term consequences of a drunk driving conviction
  • the lesser charge of DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) – and how this charge can still have serious and long-lasting legal implications 
  • fake IDs and legal ramifications of possessing/using fake IDs
  • legal ramifications of underage drinking, both at home and on campus 
  • social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter … and how what college kids put online (especially photos of underage drinking, etc.) can be grounds for current, and future, legal problems

As “Blackout Wednesday” kicks off a time period of heavy DWI/DWAI enforcement, it’s important to have these conversations with your teens, and even young adult children.  If you, or a family member, does find themselves faced with a DWI/DWAI charge during this holiday time period, it’s also important to remember that an experienced DWI/DWAI attorney can help you navigate the legal system and provide you with legal options when it comes to DWI/DWAI charges.  Our DWI attorneys have decades of experience in strategizing and executing solid, ethical DWAI/DWI/DWAI defenses and can provide you with the counsel that you need during this critical time for your family.  You can reach us 24/7 at 516-294-0300.

We wish everyone a happy, and safe, Thanksgiving holiday!

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