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Why OVI arrests surge during sports and holiday seasons

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2023 | OVI

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Observing the trends in OVI arrests reveals a recurring pattern. Arrests rise significantly during sports events and holiday seasons.

While this may not come as a surprise to some, the reasons behind these spikes vary.

NFL games

One major factor is the consumption of alcohol at NFL tailgate parties and at sports bars. Fans often gather to support their teams, indulging in alcoholic beverages. The excitement and competitive spirit of NFL games can lead to more drinking, too.

Police departments may deploy more officers on the roads too, hoping to nab drivers. The reasons to stop a driver are not always legitimate, unfortunately, nor are all of the drivers actually under the influence.

College football

College football games, a beloved tradition across the United States, often go hand in hand with an increase in OVI arrests. Young adults, in particular, are usually inexperienced drinkers. Tailgating and post-game celebrations on college campuses are common, and they can foster an environment of excessive alcohol consumption.

Thanksgiving and Christmas

The holiday season, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas, is a time for families and friends to come together. However, it is also a season when OVI arrests tend to rise. The festive atmosphere often encourages the consumption of alcohol at parties and gatherings.

People may underestimate the effect that alcohol has on their ability to drive safely or on the new medications they are taking. New Year’s Day is the deadliest day for drunk driving, with a 117% higher increased risk of fatality.

The increased prevalence of winter weather adds another layer of risk. Slippery roads can result in more accidents and OVI arrests, especially since law enforcement agencies often implement heightened patrols and sobriety checkpoints during these high-risk periods.

The increase in OVI arrests during sports and holiday seasons is concerning. Law enforcement agencies must remain vigilant while still respecting drivers’ rights.


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