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Labor Day weekend is coming up in a few days. It is the traditional end of summer in the U.S. as the days grow shorter and cooler and children return to school. It’s also a time for picnics, barbeques and parties — in other words, three days out of the year that many people choose to drink more than usual.

Top DUI holidays in the U.S.

This surge in drinking also causes drunk driving, and car accidents caused by DUI, to spike in Oklahoma. It’s unfortunate, but the Labor Day holiday is not the only occasion that causes more drinking and driving in this country. Other popular drinking holidays include:

  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • The day before Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve

For many people, St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Even are closely associated with drinking. The other holidays have a meaning besides alcohol but are nevertheless opportunities for parties where alcohol is served. Technically, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is not a holiday. But for many college students home for the first time in months, it’s a chance to party with their high school friends.

Not every drunk driver will get caught before crashing

Police departments across the country, including here in Edmond, are gearing up for the upcoming Labor Day long weekend. Local police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers will do what they can to pull over suspected drunk drivers before they can cause accidents. But they will not catch them all. If you are driving on the highway or a city street this weekend, you could end up getting hurt in a drunk driving auto accident.

As a result, you could spend the weekend in the hospital, then face months of surgery, rehabilitation and other expensive medical treatment. The law states that when a car accident was caused by someone’s negligence, that party should pay the other party’s damages. In this case, the drunk driver who hit you would be the negligent party. Contact a personal injury attorney for more information.