Memorial Day and DUI

Lesley Atkinson May 23, 2024

As Memorial Day approaches, our nation prepares to honor and remember the brave men and women
who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. It's a time for solemn reflection,
expressing gratitude, and a reminder of the freedoms we enjoy because of their sacrifice. However,
amidst the somber remembrance, it's also crucial to address an issue that tragically intersects with this
holiday and many others for that matter: driving under the influence (DUI).

In Baltimore, like many cities across the United States, Memorial Day weekend often sees an increase in
DUI incidents. As people gather for backyard barbecues, vacation beach outings, and other festivities,
alcohol consumption also rises dramatically. While it is a natural part of the holiday, it's essential to do
so responsibly and with awareness of the potential deadly consequences of impaired driving.

Memorial Day is a time to honor the memory of those who have served and fallen for our country. We
take time to remember our fallen servicemen, police officers, firefighters and other first responders.
These individuals demonstrated courage, selflessness, and a commitment to a cause greater than
themselves. When someone chooses to drive under the influence, they not only endanger their own
lives but also disregard the sacrifices made by those we commemorate on this day.

Every DUI incident has the potential to result in tragedy. Lives can be shattered in an instant. Families
torn apart, children can lose parents, parents can lose children and communities left to grieve. The
consequences extend far beyond the individual behind the wheel.

In Maryland efforts to combat DUI have been ongoing, with law enforcement agencies increasing patrols
and implementing awareness campaigns. For example, in recent years there have been an average of
over 6,000 citations issued and over 100 dui arrests during the Memorial Day weekend from the
Maryland State Police alone. Campaigns and enforcement actions aside, the responsibility ultimately
lies with each individual to make the right choice. Whether it's designating a sober driver, using
rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft, or simply not drinking if driving, there are always alternatives to
getting behind the wheel while impaired.

As we honor the memory of our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, let us also reflect on the values they
stood for – integrity, responsibility, and respect for others. Let us strive to uphold these values in our
actions, including our choices on the road. By doing so, we not only honor their sacrifice but also
contribute to a safer and more compassionate community.

This Memorial Day, let us remember the true spirit of the holiday and the profound significance of the
lives we commemorate. Let us honor them not only with words and ceremonies but also with the
choices we make every day. Together, we can ensure that their legacy is one of remembrance,
reverence, and a commitment to a better future for all.

Lastly, if you have found yourself jammed up with a DUI on Memorial Day or any other day for that
matter, we are here to help you. At Atkinson Law, our attorneys have the experience helping folks in
the Baltimore metropolitan area to help you navigate the charges and create the best defense possible.
Contact us for a consultation.