Smoking Bans Lead to More DUI?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

This time of year - with New Years Eve just a few days off - and lots of holiday parties and festivities to partake in, DeKalb DUI officers stay quite busy stopping drivers and arresting them for possession and DUI related offenses. I recently came across a study from the Journal of Public Economics regarding drunk drivings relationship with smoking bans in bars. As we all know, smoking and drinking often go together. While smoking bans in many cities have been enacted to reduce the ill effects of second hand smoke, the unintended consequence appears to be more DUI. It seems that smokers have been willing to drive further distances to bars and music venues where they are allowed to smoke. The result is a longer trip home and additional time behind the wheel. Researchers Scott Adams and Chad Cotti of the University of Wisconsin found that smoking bans increased alcohol related deaths by 13% in large counties.

So be very careful if you leave a New Years Party to go smoke a cigarette. DeKalb County DUI officers as well as the DUI officers from DeKalb cities such as Decatur and Doraville are out watching the streets.

If you find yourself needing the assitance of a DUI or criminal defense attorney, do not hesitate to call our DeKalb County DUI lawyers today. We can help you get the best results on your legal matter.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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