Happy Safe Fourth of July

By admin

Total DUI just wants to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!

I hope that the weekend weather forecast is shaping up for everyone, and you are all excited about spending a long (for some) weekend away from the office.

The Fourth is about celebrating with family, friends, food, fireworks and maybe a little alcohol – which also means swarms of police. All over the country, newspapers and online dailys are talking about a DUI crackdown this weekend.

In states where DUI checkpoints are legal, police will likely have them set up starting tonight until Monday.  Any DUI suspects stopped at these checkpoints will be arrested for drinking and driving.

Many states are planning to have the DUI patrol out in full force. Depending on state DUI laws, if you are arrested and convicted of DUI, you may have fines, jail time, probation or alcohol counseling courses.

Driving under the influence is a serious criminal offense so be careful this weekend. Happy 4th of July!



You Don’t Need Luck to Avoid a DUI

By Mary Ann

St. Patrick’s Day is officially Tuesday, but the big celebrations will take place this weekend.

As they often do for big events, many law enforcement agencies across the country are stepping up their DUI patrols.

So many people may be crossing their fingers and hoping that Irish eyes will be smiling on them as they hope to avoid a DUI. But the truth is, the luck of the Irish has nothing to do with it. Here’s what you can do to avoid a DUI on this green weekend:

1. Avoid drunk driving. This one’s easy. Make your plans in advance and make plans to have a designated driver. Or take a cab. Or take public transportation.

2. If you get pulled over know your rights during a DUI arrest. For example, you may refuse a breath test. Now, you may face penalties for refusing a breath test, but you can refuse.

3. If you are arrested, act quickly. After your arrest, there may be deadlines for taking certain actions to defend your charges. A DUI lawyer can help you hit these deadlines and avoid costly mistakes. But if you wait to contact a lawyer, you may miss opportunities. Remembr: DUI charges don’t guarantee convictions.



DUI Patrols to Increase Nationwide for Super Bowl

By Mary Ann

On Sunday, millions of people across the country will watch the Super Bowl. The event has evolved into more than just a football game, it’s a shared pop culture event.

There are also parties. Lots of Super Bowl parties. Bars and business, friends and family alike will be hosting and attending Super Bowl parties.

The police are well aware of this, and there are news reports from across the country – from Colorado to Pennsylvania – about local law enforcement units increasing DUI patrols around the Super Bowl.

In fact, many police departments increased DUI patrols around the NFL playoffs. So you can be sure they’ll be watching for drunk drivers this Sunday.

What can you do?

1. Plan ahead. Your Super Bowl party plans should include more than where you’re going and how much you’ll be eating. Make sure you have a safe ride to and from your party. Any safe ride will do: Designated driver, cab, public transportation.

2. Know your state DUI laws. There’s a lot on the line if you drink and drive. Many states now require ignition interlock devices for first offenders. If you refuse a breathalyzer test you may face immediate license suspension.

3. If you are arrested for DUI, contact a DUI lawyer immediately. A lawyer will know the DUI laws in your state, and answer any questions you have about the long-term impact of a DUI.

Be safe this weekend and enjoy the big game!

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