This Thanksgiving, let’s not only stuff our bellies and watch football but also be aware of law enforcement’s additional efforts to catch drunk drivers. If you’re planning on drinking alcohol, here are a few tips to help avoid getting pulled over and arrested for DUI.
- Know your legal limit: In Florida, the legal BAC limit is 0.08%, but this doesn’t mean you should try to meet this limit. Additionally, many factors can impact your BAC, including medications or how much you have eaten before drinking. The punishments for driving with a BAC over .15 or higher include fines, jail time, community service, and loss of the privilege to drive
- Schedule transportation: Make sure you have a designated driver. This person should be sober and responsible and can get you home safe and sound. Or, if you can’t find one, take a taxi or Uber home.
- Stay home: Celebrate the holiday with your friends and family by staying home and enjoying each other’s company over drinks. Ordering food in, taking everyone’s keys, and having a fun night is possible when you don’t have to stress over anyone getting a DUI.
What if I do get arrested for a DUI?
If you, unfortunately, do get pulled over and arrested for DUI, there are a few things you can do to help your case. Remain calm and courteous: Remember that anything you say can and will be used against you in court. Be respectful to the officer and avoid any incriminating statements. You want to be proactive in your case so here are some tips:
Hire a DUI lawyer: A DUI conviction can come with some pretty harsh penalties, including jail time and loss of driving privileges. An experienced lawyer will know how to navigate the legal system and help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
Get an ignition interlock device: This is a device that requires you to blow into it before your car will start. If you have a BAC above the legal limit, your car won’t start. This is a good way to prove to the court that you are serious about not drinking and driving. Another option is the SL2. It is a portable, handheld breathalyzer that does scheduled remote breath testing several times daily. This allows officers to monitor sobriety levels and keep users on notice.
For high-risk offenders, The SCRAM bracelet ankle monitor has continuous remote alcohol monitoring (CAM). It also has house arrest technology.
This Thanksgiving, remember to be grateful and don’t drink too much.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food. But it’s also a time when law enforcement increases its efforts to catch drunk drivers. If you’re planning on drinking alcohol this Thanksgiving, make sure you follow these tips to avoid getting pulled over and arrested for DUI. Remember that the best option is to stay home and celebrate with your loved ones. If you do find yourself in trouble, remember to be respectful to officers and hire an experienced DUI lawyer who can help get the best possible outcome for your case.