The holiday weekend is upon us. That means that people might decide to celebrate summer and the country’s independence by having barbeques, shooting fireworks, and drinking alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with doing those things, it is important for everyone celebrating to make sure that they make arrangements ahead of time for transportation if they are drinking. When you consider that police officers will be cracking down on drunk driving over the weekend, it is easy to see why this would be paramount.
Increased patrols in an effort to help control drunk driving this weekend are occurring in various counties throughout the state in an effort to help keep the roads safe. These increased patrols and other initiatives are being done in an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents since the 4th of July weekend is one that is historically associated with a high incidence of accidents and fatalities caused by driving while intoxicated.
Because of these increased patrols being done by municipal, state, and county police departments, anyone who is driving after drinking alcohol might end up coming across one of these patrols. If you end up getting stopped during a patrol, it is important that you know your rights so that you can handle the situation appropriately.
Anyone who is arrested for drunk driving might face serious consequences if they are convicted. Loss of driving privileges, fines, and time in jail are some of the possible consequences of a conviction. Knowing how to defend yourself against these charges might help you to get a more favorable outcome.
Source: The Evening Tribune, “Police to crack down on drunk driving July 3-7,” July 2, 2014.