Recent Holiday DUI Arrests Jump More Than 40%: 4 Tips

Los Angeles DUI Blog – by Betty Wang

During the 2013 Fourth of July holiday weekend in Los Angeles County, police made 43% more DUI-related arrests than they did the year before. According to NBC, nearly 500 people were arrested during a 2-day period (from Thursday to Saturday) in Los Angeles County.

The year prior, in 2012, the arrests numbered around 340.  

Since our next holiday weekend, Labor Day, is just around the corner, here are 4 tips that you may want to keep in mind if you intend to include alcohol in your holiday plans:


  1. Know your limits. If you really would prefer to take your own vehicle and don’t plan to drink too much, just make sure to know your limits. Remember that the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in California is 0.08%, which still allows for some drinking. You know your body, metabolism, and your limits best, so check out one of these nifty online calculators ahead of time and keep numbers in mind if you’re pounding back more than one. Know when to stop, drink plenty of water, wait it out to be safe, and you should be fine.
  2. Even if you have a designated driver, be careful. While making plans to buddy-up with a designated driver may be the first step, it’s only the first step of many. Remember to be cautious, and ensure that it’s someone you trust and who you know won’t end up drinking too much. If you randomly pluck a designated driver without knowing them that well, you run the risk of having an unreliable ride.
  3. Look into ride-sharing apps. While you could call a cab ahead of time or look up local bus or train routes, remember that there are even more options with the recent trend of ride-sharing apps. Ride-sharing can be cheaper and more effective, especially if you’re in an area where there’s a huge demand for cabs.
  4. Biking? Beware.  Remember, while biking may seem casual, California’s biking laws require that bikers follow the same rules on the road that motor vehicles do. This includes biking with traffic, signaling your turns, and not having more than a 0.08% BAC. Because, yes, biking while drunk is also illegal, and the courts may treat it almost exactly as they would a DUI.


One last foolproof tip: don’t drink. Yes, very obvious, but still worth repeating. The only 100% method of avoiding a DUI arrest is to not drink. Find other alternative ways to have fun without getting liquored up on Labor Day weekend.

2 thoughts on “Recent Holiday DUI Arrests Jump More Than 40%: 4 Tips

  1. It’s been proven, awhile back, that when the pressures
    of hard times and social and economic upheavals.
    The public turns to alcohol and drugs.
    It’s been seen all throughout history.
    This only compounds folks miseries, for now they have
    to deal with how they’re going to get around.
    This complicates how they’ll make a living.
    Higher insurance, and all the rest.
    Friends, when troubles come, and especially the kinds
    of troubles that we’re experiencing today….
    Take a word of wisdom. Turn To God !
    He and only He can help, no matter what you may be
    facing. Or how big the adversaries may be.
    This you can count on 100% of the time.
    1 John 5:4-5 (NKJV)
    4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

  2. “One last foolproof tip: don’t drink. Yes, very obvious, but still worth repeating. The only 100% method of avoiding a DUI arrest is to not drink.”

    Sad truth is, half the idiots in this city/state can’t drive for sh#t stone cold sober.

    I’ve had three accidents here. Rear-ended in all three.

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