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This is a big time for DUI arrests

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | DUI/DWI

Have you ever heard of the “100 Days of Summer?” While it might not equal exactly 100, the period between Memorial Day weekend in May and Labor Day in September is the period referenced by authorities.

This is a time of enhanced roadway danger due to various factors that include more young and inexperienced drivers on the highways, vacationing families out in droves and higher rates of highway construction projects. But there is another matter to consider as well: 

More police are on patrol — and they are looking for drunk drivers

State police, county sheriff departments and even local municipalities typically apply for and receive extra funding for law enforcement officers to conduct more patrols on the streets, highways and interstates of New Jersey during this time of the year.

Not only are they on the lookout for speeders and those driving or riding without their seat belts on, but they also pay particular attention to anyone who might be driving while impaired.

Summer is a heady time for celebrations and parties

We are less than two weeks away from one of summer’s biggest holidays — the Fourth of July. Along with the fireworks and hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, alcohol is a major feature of this midsummer holiday.

There’s nothing wrong with tossing back a few cold ones with family and friends. But there are plenty of problems that come with being charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

Preserve your rights when stopped for DUI

Your defense against a potential DUI begins with the traffic stop itself. Remember that your actions will likely be filmed for the court to view later, so make sure that you are on your best behavior. 

There is no need to comply with an officer’s request to participate in field sobriety tests; in fact, they are designed to make people appear impaired even when they might not be. Refusing will lead to your being taken to the station to be given an alcohol breath test.

Admit nothing and remember to verbally invoke your right against self-incrimination. Then, ask to speak to legal counsel before answering any questions from the police.