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Avoiding a DUI in Arizona on Super Bowl Sunday

Avoiding a DUI in Arizona on Super Bowl SundayThis Sunday is the Super Bowl!  Millions of people will be gathering with family and friends to watch the big game. It’s a long day of festivities for many people with the pregame starting at 11am and the game not expected to end until 8pm.

Traditionally, Super Bowl parties are associated with a lot of drinking. Be sure to follow these tips to have the best chance that your Super Bowl Sunday will not end with a DUI arrest.

  1. Have a designated driver. Make sure your designated driver is committed to staying sober for the entire day or at least stops drinking early enough to be sober by the end of the game.
  2. Be sure you are completely sober before you drive. If you have any doubts about your sobriety, have a sober friend drive you home or call a cab.
  3. If you have doubts about your friend’s ability to drive, take his/her keys away. It’s better for them to be mad at you for one evening than for them to get arrested, killed, or kill someone else.
  4. Expect to encounter DUI checkpoints on your ride home. Any alcohol on your breath or any erratic driving will give law enforcement cause to pull you over for suspicion of DUI.
  5. If you are pulled over for suspected DUI, do not do a field sobriety test. You only have to comply with a request for a blood, breath, or urine test.
  6. If you are pulled over, do not say anything. Give the officer your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance upon request. You have no obligation to speak and anything you say could be used against you.
  7. If you are arrested for DUI, immediately ask to call your attorney. Do not answer any questions until you’ve spoken with your attorney. Tell the officer that you wish to use your right to remain silent.
  8. Host the Super Bowl Party. If the party is at your house, you won’t be leaving once the game has started and you won’t have to worry about your ability to drive home. If any of your guests are intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol by the end of the game, invite them to stay the night.

Remember, you can get a DUI in Arizona even if you have a blood alcohol concentration below 0.08 – you only need to have your driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.

If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case at our 24-hour number: 480-707-7267.

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