The holiday season, beginning the night before Thanksgiving and lasting through New Year's Day, brings people together for many reasons. Family gatherings, office parties, reunions with friends, to name a few, all provide opportunities for people to get together, go out, and have fun. This also means an increase in alcohol consumption and, unfortunately, alcohol related accidents increase during this time period. Law enforcement agencies across California are on a heightened awareness for suspected DUI drivers during the holidays. California Highway Patrol ran a "maximum enforcement period" over this past Thanksgiving weekend, meaning all available officers were working and on patrol looking for drunk drivers. DUI checkpoints will be set up throughout Los Angeles and Southern California to help law enforcement officers find DUI drivers. Here are a few suggestions to avoid putting yourself in the position of a DUI arrest.
- Don't drink and drive. Don't get high and drive. Period. Although you may feel fine after one or two drinks, or only a few hits of marijuana, law enforcement officers may observe you and feel otherwise. Additionally, there are problems with the accuracy of breath testing equipment. Your BAC may be under the legal limit but if the breathalyzer is not working properly and is "reading high," you will be arrested. You will need a good DUI lawyer to get everything sorted out and to avoid a conviction. The best practical advice is not to put yourself in this position in the first place.
- Uber, Lyft, or Taxi. It is the holidays after all so you may want to drink or smoke and have fun. That is fine as long as you don't drive. With the availability of ride sharing apps in Los Angeles, a safe ride is only a few minutes away. Whatever the cost may be to use Uber or Lyft during the holiday season will be far less than the costs you will incur defending yourself against DUI charges and/or the costs associated with a DUI conviction.
- If the party is at a family member or friend's home, make arrangements to spend the night. The couch or floor of a living room is much nicer than a bed in a jail cell.
- If for some reason you cannot avoid driving, be smart and don't overdo it. Don't drink or smoke to the point where you feel impaired. If you are drinking, make sure that you drink water and eat as well. After you stop drinking or smoking wait as long as you can before driving. Allow your body time to eliminate the alcohol that you absorbed or marijuana you consumed. This is not as good an option as the others listed here, but can make a big difference if you are arrested and later give a breath or blood test. Do not even consider this option if your vehicle has expired registration, a broken taillight, etc., all of which are reasons for law enforcement officers to legally stop you. Make sure you obey all traffic laws. Always use your turn signals, do not drive over the speed limit or roll through red lights. Do not text and drive or talk on your cell phone. Drive straight home or to wherever you are spending the night.
If it is too late for you, a friend, or a family member to avoid a DUI arrest, contact an experienced DUI Lawyer today. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in representing persons arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and impaired driving. DUI Lawyer Robert D. Berglund will personally provide you with a free and confidential consultation. CONTACT our office today.