Morning-After DUI Cases Increasing

The holiday season is a festive time of year, but it can also be a dangerous one for drunk-driving, and the danger doesn’t end at night.

The experts will tell you many drunk driving crashes and arrests actually happen the morning after a night of partying.

More than 66,000 people were arrested for drunk driving last year in Florida. Although the state does not keep statistics for time of day of arrest, experts estimate more than 7,000 of those arrests actually happened the morning after a night of partying.

DUI attorney Lee Meadows says he sees it all the time.

“I’ve had not just one, but several instances where the next morning people have been going through drive-through restaurants to get their breakfast, and because they were still intoxicated at 7:30 or 8 o’clock in the morning, they’ve run into the wall. They’ve actually run into other cars in the parking lot. These were people who said, you know, I stopped drinking hours before, and I should have been fine.”

Authorities say you should wait at least an hour for each drink you’ve had before driving. That means if you’ve had eight drinks, you need to wait at least eight hours before driving after your last drink.

Some people may have to wait even longer to be safe.