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Steer Clear of DUI Dangers in New Hampshire This July 4th

As July 4th approaches, many New Hampshire residents eagerly anticipate the coming festivities. From fireworks displays to backyard barbecues, the holiday offers ample opportunities to spend fun moments with family and friends while celebrating America’s independence. However, amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to keep in mind a sobering reality: the increased risk of getting into a DUI accident during this period.

New Hampshire, like many states, experiences a spike in DUI arrests and incidents during major holidays, including July 4th. The beer, wine, or cocktails enjoyed at the celebration, plus heightened holiday traffic, equals a significant danger on the roads. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that from 2017 to 2021, 1,460 drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes during the Fourth of July period–and a staggering 38 percent of these drivers were drunk.

In response to this heightened impaired driving risk, New Hampshire State Police increased patrols during the holiday period. That means you can expect more police out on New Hampshire roads and a greater chance of getting stopped for suspected DUI. The State police have noted that their enhanced presence on the roads during other holiday seasons significantly impacted roadway safety.

If you’re arrested for a DUI in New Hampshire, contact the New Hampshire lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A., as soon as possible. Call us today at 888-332-5855 or contact us online for a free consultation. We assist clients throughout New Hampshire, from Lancaster to Manchester.

A New Hampshire DUI Brings Serious Repercussions

In New Hampshire, you can face a DUI conviction if caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher or 0.02 percent or higher if you are a commercial driver or under age 21.

The consequences for a New Hampshire DUI conviction are harsh. A first-time offender will be required to pay between $500 and $1,200 in penalties. Your driver’s license will also be suspended for a minimum of nine months and a maximum of two years. If the DUI conviction is your second or your BAC level is 1.6 percent or higher, expect a mandatory jail sentence, a longer license suspension, and greater financial penalties.

In addition, every individual convicted of DUI in New Hampshire must complete a state-sanctioned DUI education program. Two-time offenders must complete a seven-day resident treatment program, while a third conviction or more requires completing a 28-day treatment program.

Of course, the most dreadful consequence of all is if your impaired driving causes bodily harm or the death of another person. Under such circumstances, not only would you bear the guilt and responsibility of causing such injuries, but you could face extremely serious charges such as negligent homicide or vehicular assault. These felonies could carry as much as 15 years of jail time and thousands of dollars in penalties.

How to Keep Safe on New Hampshire Roads This July 4th

Given the high stakes, it’s essential to take proactive measures to prevent DUI incidents and ensure a safe holiday for all.

  • Designate a Sober Driver: Before consuming alcohol, choose someone who will abstain from drinking entirely and commit to ensuring everyone gets home safely.
  • Use Alternative Transportation: Avoid the temptation of driving under the influence by using alternate transportation. Download apps for ride-sharing services or public transportation, research sober ride services, or add the number of a taxi service to your telephone before the event begins so that you’ll be prepared to use these services if needed.
  • Don’t Believe the Myths. Many people believe that drinking coffee or water after drinking alcohol will lower their BAC and allow them to drive safely. However, the fact is that nothing but time will reduce your BAC. Coffee may make you feel more alert after drinking, but you are still at heightened risk behind the wheel.
  • Be a Responsible Host: Encourage responsible drinking by providing non-alcoholic beverage options. You should also be ready to arrange safe transportation for guests who are too impaired to drive.
  • Remain Vigilant on the Road: Drive prudently, keeping your eyes open for other motorists who appear to be driving erratically or under the influence. If you encounter impaired drivers, report them to law enforcement, potentially preventing tragedies and saving lives.
  • Support Law Enforcement Efforts: Stay informed about increased DUI patrols and initiatives, and cooperate with law enforcement to reduce DUI incidents.

A New Hampshire DUI Attorney Can Help

You may think that your life is ruined if you’ve been arrested for DUI, but that’s not true. If you’ve been arrested for DUI in New Hampshire, speak with the experienced New Hampshire DUI lawyers of Tenn And Tenn, P.A. immediately. We have helped countless New Hampshire residents fight or negotiate down DUI charges. We represent clients throughout the state, including Derry, Lebanon, Concord, and more. Contact us today at888-332-5855 or online for your free evaluation.

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