New Year’s Eve is one of the most festive holidays of the year. As partygoers across the nation get ready to count down the last seconds of 2015, however, law enforcement officials are preparing to target and arrest impaired drivers as part of the national NYE Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign sponsored by the NHTSA.
So, if you have plans to celebrate the coming of 2016 with alcohol, here are some important tips to keep in mind to help you avoid being arrested for a DUI:
- Plan your ride now – Before you head off to your NYE party, make sure you have a sober driver in place ahead of time. Try asking a friend or relative for a ride, or check to see if public transportation is running in your area. Alternatively, you can bring numbers for taxi cab companies and/or ride sharing services. With the latter options, however, be aware that you may have trouble finding a cab or ride in the wee morning hours (when a lot of people may be looking for rides).
- Consider pooling funds to hire a driver – Are you and at least a few friends looking for rides? Why not consider pooling some money to hire a car or limo service for the evening. If you have enough people sharing the costs, they can be manageable. And even if the rates are higher for NYE (especially a last-minute NYE booking), the costs of a sober ride will be far less than the costs of a DUI conviction will end up being.
- Make plans to stay somewhere for the evening – When rides don’t seem to be working out, think about whether there is somewhere close to the party where you can stay for the evening. Consider asking a friend (or party host) to stay with him or her for the evening, or book a room at a nearby hotel. Again, the costs may be more than you want to spend, but they will be far less than those associated with a DUI.
- Consider altering your plans if necessary – When rides and rooms don’t pan out, think about whether you can stay sober if you attend a party somewhere – or whether it may be better to keep the party at (or near) home so that drunk driving won’t be an issue at all. Although this may be less thrilling than other NYE party options, kicking off 2016 safely – and not behind bars or facing DUI charges – is worth it.
If You Will Be Driving Tonight…
Knowing your rights in a DUI stop can be critical if you end up passing through a checkpoint or being pulled over. So, keep in mind that:
- After disclosing your legal name to police, you have the right to remain silent.
- You are not obligated to take field sobriety tests.
- Refusing BAC tests can come with automatic penalties.
- After a DUI arrest, contacting a DUI attorney at Brown & Brown is the best way to start fighting back.
Contact a St Louis DUI Lawyer at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law
If you or a loved one has been accused of impaired driving in Missouri or Illinois, contact an experienced St Louis DUI lawyer at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law for the strongest defense representation.
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