Thanksgiving is one of the most cherished and widely celebrated holidays of the year. During Thanksgiving and the holiday weekend, many people across the country tend to commute in order to visit family and friends. When festivities begin, they also often choose to celebrate with alcohol. Unfortunately, because alcohol is such an accepted part of the holiday, this time of year often sees a marked increase in alcohol-related auto accidents, injuries, and deaths.
Because statistics show a spike in DUI crashes and incidents during Thanksgiving, law enforcement all over the country steps up their enforcement efforts. This is certainly true in California and right here in Orange County, where the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. is located. Around here, law enforcement often partner with multiple jurisdictions to keep an eye out for drunk drivers. They also often implement a few common enforcement tactics:
- Saturation Patrols – Law enforcement agencies will often put more “boots on the ground,” and send more officers out on patrol during holidays known for increased drunk driving. These officers are on the lookout specifically for signs of drunk drivers, and are often patrolling during times and at locations known for DUI-related incidents, such as areas close to bars or restaurants or freeways.
- Sobriety Checkpoints – DUI checkpoints are a common tactic used by authorities during periods of increased enforcement. These checkpoints are typically set up in high visibility areas, as they are intended in part to raise awareness about police efforts to crack down on impaired driving.
However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is important to remember that law enforcement are on high alert for DUIs this time of year. As such, plan for a ride or perhaps stay the night where you celebrate if you drink. It is also important to remember that you have rights, including:
- Your right to remain silent when stopped by law enforcement.
- Your right to politely refuse unreasonable searches or seizures.
- You right to speak with an attorney!
By exercising your rights – especially your right to remain silent – you can avoid giving police evidence that can be used against you. If arrested and charged with driving under the influence, you should also exercise your right to legal representation. After all, DUI charges put your freedom and future on the line.
The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. represents individuals charged with DUI and other crimes throughout Orange County, California. If you’ve been arrested and want to speak with a lawyer, call the frim today at (877) DUI-QUEEN.