Corso Law Group is giving away free turkeys in November on its Facebook page to give thanks to its fans and remind everyone to drive responsibly this holiday season.
“We consider ourselves a part of the community and enjoy opportunities to give back,” said Christopher P. Corso of Corso Law Group. “And besides, who couldn’t use a free turkey?”
Arizona residents are eligible to enter once per day but can only win one turkey. Find the Corso Law Group page at www.facebook.com/corsorhude.
In addition to entering the contest, Facebook visitors will also find helpful legal information on the Corso Law Group page.
“Thanksgiving is an important time for reconnecting with family and it’s also an extremely dangerous time because of drunk drivers,” Corso said. “Few people know that Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday of the year when it comes to drunk driving.”
According to a 2009 Forbes magazine study, an average of 401 people die each year on New Year’s Day, the fifth worst holiday for drunk driving. The worst is Thanksgiving, with an average of 567 deaths each year.
The winter holiday season continues to be a dangerous time for driving.
During the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, nearly 4,400 people in Arizona were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in 2013, The Arizona Republic said.
On average, that means more than 730 DUI arrests were made each week starting on Thanksgiving.
The Arizona Governor’s Office team of officers participating in the holiday crackdown found that of the 4,371 arrests, 1,098 were extreme DUIs, 450 were aggravated DUIs, 934 were drug-related DUIs, and the average blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent.
A national six-year study between 2006 and 2011 conducted by The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that traffic deaths around Thanksgiving accounted for nearly 15% of all vehicle-related fatalities in November.
In 2013, the NSC estimated 436 traffic-related Thanksgiving fatalities.
Rhude and his law partner Christopher Corso know from experience the Arizona DUI problems that can arise during the Thanksgiving weekend. Both attorneys previously prosecuted DUIs, DWIs and OUIs for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Combined, Corso Law Group have handled more than 15,000 DUI cases as prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Arizona law requires that any person found guilty of drinking and driving (even a first offense) serve jail time. And DUI convictions can also include extensive fines up to $2,500, suspension of driving privileges and the installation of an ignition interlock device – even for first offenders.
“DUI is a serious offense and something that no person should take lightly,” Corso said. “When you’re armed with the facts, it makes it even more vital that you have a designated driver if you plan on drinking – even on Thanksgiving.”
In addition to DUI defense, Corso Law Group handles all criminal defense cases, including domestic violence defense, possession of drugs, felony drug charges, photo radar, criminal speeding, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.
To schedule a free consultation, please visit www.corsolawgroup.com or call (480) 471- 4616. Corso Law Group, PLLC is located at 14500 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 116 in Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.