Memorial Day DUI Prevention Tips

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, where swim parties and backyard barbeques are common occurrences. Drinking is also a common activity at Memorial Day weekend festivities.

May is a dangerous month to be on the roads in Arizona. In 2010, Arizona had more fatal crashes in May than in any other month. There were 8 fatal crashes over Memorial Day weekend alone, resulting in 8 deaths. In all, there were 5,489 alcohol related crashes in Arizona in 2010, which resulted in 3,724 injured people and 223 deaths. Most of these crashes occurred on weekend nights.

Arizona is known for having some of the harshest DUI laws. You can get a DUI if your driving is impaired by any amount of drugs or alcohol. That means you can be convicted of DUI even if your blood alcohol content is less than 0.08%.

If you are celebrating this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to follow these tips to have the best chance that your Memorial Day party 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 party or at least stops drinking early enough to be sober by the time you want to go home.
  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 their 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 take 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 Memorial Day Party. If the party is at your house, you won’t have to worry about your ability to drive home. If any of your guests are intoxicated or still under the influence of alcohol at the end of the party, invite them to stay the night.

If you are arrested for DUI this weekend, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced Arizona DUI attorney as soon as possible to serve as your advocate. If you’re convicted of a DUI in Arizona, you will face mandatory jail time, fines, a suspended driver’s license, and you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for at least 6 months.

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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