From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, New York City gets even busier than it usually is. From shoppers to tourists to people returning to the city for the holidays, it is undeniably a busy time of year. According to a study by the University of Alabama, this time of year also comes with more traffic accidents, especially around Christmas. Although it seems many of the accidents could be caused by frantic shoppers and travelers driving on roads with which they are unfamiliar, the blame often finds its way to people suspected of driving while intoxicated.
It is certainly tragic when a car crash leaves someone seriously or fatally injured, but is it always fair to blame drunk driving? It is true that impaired driving is responsible for some accidents, but it is by no means the only cause. That doesn't prevent local and state governments from diverting considerable resources to stop people accused of drunk driving.