The 89th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week is almost over, but since the final two days of what is probably the oldest biker rally in the U.S. is this weekend it’s the perfect time to say “Stay safe!” This past week, I was driving to and from Concord, NH for a case and I found myself sharing the road with several Harley Davidson riders obviously on their way up to Laconia. I also saw plenty of enthusiasts trailering their bikes and trikes up north for Bike Week. As a practicing DWI Defense Lawyer in New Hampshire, I have handled dozens of Bike Week DWI arrests over the years before the Laconia District Court in NH and every time, I’m struck by how a little caution can go a long way.
More than 250,000 riders and visitors descend on Laconia Motorcycle Week each year and the festivities can bring out the worst in some people. It’s hot, so the beer tents are packed. Parties abound. Campground gatherings usually involve alcohol. And why not? Once a year since 1916, Laconia, NH has become a party town and the celebratory atmosphere is infectious. But drinking and driving is no less dangerous on a motorcycle than it is in a car – in fact, because you’re traveling in the open air without a steel cage protecting you, a crash can be more dangerous. Plus, drinking and biking is against the law and as much as I like meeting new people, I’d rather get to know you outside of the courtroom.
Remember, Laconia Motorcycle Week brings out not only the motorcycle lovers, but also auxiliary police manpower from among NH State Troopers and a schedule of more aggressive DUI enforcement. Last year, the local Laconia, NH law enforcement authorities reported 68 drunk driving arrests and there have been deaths related to motorcycle accidents at Laconia Motorcycle Week almost every year except for 2009. So stay safe, park your bike if you’re going to drink, and enjoy the final two days of New Hampshire’s oldest and largest biker rally!
Drunk driving attorney Michael Bowser has years of experience successfully defending those accused of drunk driving in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. If you have been charged with drunk driving in New Hampshire or have questions about DWI penalties in either state, it is vital that you talk to representation who understands the law. Call Attorney Michael Bowser today at 1-888-5BOWSER to discuss drunk driving penalties and your individual circumstances.