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Watching Out for DUI Traps Over the Holidays

Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013    

Driving under the influence is one of the most expensive and dangerous mistakes anyone can make over the holidays.  However, not everyone who is charged with DUI is guilty of this crime or is prosecuted properly for drunk driving.  Amerio Law offers representation to those who are charged with DUI during the holidays and throughout the year and helps these accused drivers ensure that they are afforded a fair opportunity to defend themselves.

DUI Holiday Traps

The holidays are a time when DUI enforcement is much more evident than during other times of the year.  DUI saturation patrols and roadblocks are very common during the month of December and through the New Year, so it is important to know a few facts about these enforcement methods.  By observing some common sense rules, you can greatly reduce your chances of being arrested for DUI.

  • Rule #1:  Avoid drinking and driving.  While it may seem silly to reiterate this point, you cannot be arrested for DUI if you are not driving.  If you are driving, it is a good idea to abstain completely from alcohol.  Many people have been arrested for DUI after only a “couple” of drinks, either because they were wrongly perceived as drunk or because they estimated their alcohol intake incorrectly.
  • Rule #2:  Be aware of drunk driving patrol “prime time.”  The prime time for a DUI roadblock or saturation patrol is late in the evening and in the early hours of the morning, on weekends and during the holiday season.  This is a time when it is particularly important to have a designated driver or to avoid being on the roads at all.
  • Rule #3:  Behave with confidence.  If you are stopped or pass through a roadblock, it is important to cooperate with officers and act in a confident manner.  Many people are asked to perform field sobriety tests because their speech is slurred, their eyes are bloodshot or they are weaving over the road prior to being pulled over.  A confident and safe driver is far less likely to be asked to perform field sobriety tests or subjected to a blood alcohol test than one who acts as if he or she is guilty of something.

While nothing is a guarantee against a DUI arrest, following these rules can help you reduce the chances that you will be arrested for this crime.  If you are arrested, Amerio Law attorneys are ready to represent you and ensure that your rights are respected.

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