Driving under the influence is one of the most common types of criminal charges in the United States, including in Indiana. Alcohol lowers inhibitions, making it more likely that someone under the influence of the substance decides to drive home against their better judgment. Just as there are certain times of the year when DUI arrests spike, such as around the holidays, there are certain times of the day when officers pull people over for suspected DUIs at a higher-than-average rate.
Here are a couple of the more common times of day for DUI arrests in Indiana.
Between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Although motorists can find impaired drivers on the road at any point in the day, the proportion of impaired drivers begins to spike a few hours before midnight. This can be partly attributed to people driving home from dinner, where they might have had a few glasses of wine, or from happy hour gatherings at a bar.
Between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.
The last call, or the latest that establishments can sell patrons alcohol, occurs at 3 a.m. at most bars in Indiana. This means that there is a disproportionate amount of people on the road who may be intoxicated in the hours directly after that.
By knowing the most common time of day for DUI arrests, drivers can be more aware of others on the road who may have had a little too much to drink and pose a hazard behind the wheel of their car.