Avoiding a DUI This Memorial Day Weekend
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), nearly 2 million American soldiers have been killed in the line of duty. Memorial Day is a time to recognize those who have served, and to reflect on the privileges that we enjoy thanks to the sacrifices of others. During this holiday weekend, people come to Pittsburgh from all over the country to enjoy three days of relaxation and fun. However, whether you plan on visiting the Sandcastle Waterpark or doing some world-class shopping, there is a risk of being pulled over for a DUI. Drunk driving rates are high, and police are on the lookout.
Celebrating at Home to Avoid DUI
If you live in an area without taxis or rideshare programs, and if drinking is a must for your Memorial Day celebrations, it might be best to keep the party at home. Driving drunk is never the right thing to do, even if you are only traveling a short distance. By limiting yourself to a house party or a small family get together, you can avoid the risks that come with driving while intoxicated. You can engage in festivities in a stress-free environment. If you chose the more dangerous route of driving your vehicle to a Memorial Day celebration, the consequences can be dire. In many cases, just being accused of a DUI can lead to a license suspension, especially if you refuse a chemical test before you are arrested.
Police Checkpoints and Being Responsible
With an estimated 34,800,000 people traveling on May 29th, Memorial Day is one of the most dangerous times to drive all year. The sheer number of people on the road present many hazards, such as cars following too closely and road rage that is caused by crawling traffic jams. Throw in thousands of drunk people who decide to get behind the wheel and it can be seen why this weekend ranks number one in traffic accidents and fatalities. With the high frequency of drunk driving that occurs on Memorial Day, police have gone to drastic measures to this dangerous activity.
During Memorial Day weekend, police set up DUI checkpoints to make roads safer. These checkpoints often use a pattern for stopping drivers. For example, police might choose to stop every fifth car that drives by. During these stops, officers have their senses heightened, so much so that they might detect things that are not there. For example, they might arrest someone because they claim to smell alcohol, even if the accused’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is under the legal limit of .08 percent.
Getting a Ride on Memorial Day
If you live in a popular and highly trafficked area, such as Pittsburgh, you may be able to use a taxi or rideshare program to completely eliminate the risk of a DUI charge. With certain companies, such as Uber or Lyft, it can be as simple as requesting a car with your phone. When you think about it, it is far more cost effective to spend $30 for a couple rides than to pay $2,500 for a DUI fine.
How Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC Can Protect Your Rights
With decades of combined legal experience and a passion for protecting the rights of good people, our Pittsburgh DUI attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys have the resources to get your charges reduced or eliminated. It may be possible to employ one of several effective defense strategies, or to avoid jail time with a plea bargain. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your case, having the right legal representation can be the difference between having a criminal record and getting your charges dropped. Our lawyers will help present your case in the best possible light.
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