Many of the people who get arrested for a crime in New Hampshire every day have never been arrested before. Having never been thrown into the criminal justice system, these people do not fully know what to expect, beyond what they may have seen on TV shows or in the movies. Unfortunately, the media does not often portray the criminal justice system correctly, taking huge liberties to make things seem more dramatic than they really are.
St. Patrick’s Day Fun 2016: What Not To Do
Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day is always a blast in the state of New Hampshire. Many towns such as Manchester offer parades and festivities to celebrate the Irish culture, offering dancing, drinks and more. The 21st Annual Manchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Sunday, March 29th. When you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, it can be fun to dress in all green, have a few beers and spend time with family and friends. However, there are aspects of the celebration that can have an unsafe affect, such as drinking and driving. Below are a few tips on what not to do as you celebrate the unique holiday.
Avoid Drinking Too Much
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works with state governments nationwide, including New Hampshire, to track drunk driving arrests. The data gathered paints a picture of when, where, and how New Hampshire drivers are more likely to be arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
For instance, data gathered from 2000-2008 showed that the most drunk driving arrests occur in June, July, and August in New Hampshire. Police departments often decide to set up sobriety checkpoints more often during these months. Fridays and Saturdays are the most common days of the week for DUI-related arrests. Most of the New Hampshire drivers arrested on suspicion of DWI are also arrested between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., regardless of the day of the week or the month. In contrast, less than 20 percent of all DUI arrests occur between 4:00 a.m. and noon each day.
The NHTSA and the state of New Hampshire use this information to decide when, where, and how to distribute police officers and other resources to ensure that drunk driving arrests take dangerous drivers off the roads as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, increasing patrols to crack down on drunk driving can mean that important details, like observing drivers’ legal rights or ensuring a driver has actually violated New Hampshire law, get pushed aside.