DWI “Holiday” Season

During the holiday season opportunities to get together with friends and family significantly increase due to after-work socials and Christmas parties. During these events most consume alcohol and then unfortunately get behind the wheel of their car.

Due to this significant increase of Driving While Impaired; the time period from Thanksgiving Eve and New Year’s is considered “DUI Season.” In fact, Thanksgiving Eve is considered the busiest bar night of the entire year and Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled holiday period of the year.

The death toll during the holiday season is significantly more than the rest of the year as you can imagine. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “728 people will be injured or killed each day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in drunk driving accidents, a rate two or three times higher than the rest of the year.”

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “alcohol is to blame for 52% of fatal collisions on Christmas and 57% on New Year’s day compared to a rate of 41% entire year.”

Police officers and other emergency personnel are fully aware of these statistics. More people on the road means more police and more risks.

If you have been charged with a DWI in Wake County, North Carolina call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation with a Raleigh DUI Lawyer.

Please be safe during the holiday season. 


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.