Simply being arrested for drinking and driving can be a costly enterprise. If you’re convicted, you can face the loss of your driving privileges, incur substantial fines and go through substance abuse counseling. Here are some tips for minimizing the risk of a DUI arrest.
Don’t Drink and Drive
It’s common sense, but often hard to do. There can be a lot of pressure to have a few beers at a party, especially if everyone else is doing it. But it’s always a risky proposition to have any alcohol and get behind the wheel. You don’t have to be driving erratically to be pulled over. The police only need probable cause to believe that you have violated any law or ordinance. You can get pulled over for a minor traffic violation, feel completely in control of your faculties, but blow a BAC above the legal limit and suddenly be in the nightmare of a drunk driving prosecution.
Don’t Draw Attention to Yourself or Your Car
The police need probable cause to pull you over. As indicated above, that doesn’t require that you weave back and forth on the road. You might have a tail light out or your vehicle registration may have expired. You might fail to come to a complete stop at a traffic light or sign. Once you’ve been stopped, the police can ask if you’ve been drinking, or can required a field sobriety or blood alcohol test. Don’t give them a good reason to stop you in the first place. Maintain your vehicle and make certain everything is current.
Have the Party at Your House
It’s summer and you want to have a few beers…why not invite everyone to your house. You won’t have to worry about drinking and driving. Pay attention to your guests, though. If someone drinks too much at your party and causes an accident, you could be liable.
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