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DUIs During the Holidays

29 Dec Blog | Comments

The holidays are a time for celebration with friends and family and the last thing you need during this joyous time is a DUI. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you are facing a DUI, you may need to pay a fine, give up your license and/or attend traffic school. Depending on whether the DUI is a first offense, or second violation, the judge may give you more stringent sentencing, such as jail time. In Riverside County, California, as with other jurisdictions, law enforcement roll out an anti-DUI initiative entitled “Winter Holiday Anti-DUI Crackdown” from December 16th through January 1st. During these initiative, several checkpoints are stationed throughout the county. The general locations of these checkpoints is public knowledge and generally announced on local news programs, so be aware and avoid the checkpoint locations if you have had even one alcoholic drink.

Statistics published from Riverside County law enforcement agencies indicate that between December 16, 2011 and December 25, 2011, they have already made 266 DUI arrests. These statistics do not yet include the New Years Eve arrests. However, the statistics show that DUI arrests have actually decreased when compared to the 2010 numbers in Riverside County. During the same time period, Dec 16 – 25 of 2010, Riverside County law enforcement recorded a total of 337 DUI arrests.

A DUI can simply ruin the holiday spirit for anyone. The best way to deal with a DUI is to never get one in the first place. If you plan to have a few drinks at a party or with a few friends, make sure you have a designated driver, someone who is not drinking at all on this particular occasion, that will drive you home. Another alternative is to take a taxi. During the holidays, many cab companies offer free or discounted cab rides to revelers who may have had too much to drink.

The tragic side of DUIs, apart from arrests, is that drunk driving accounts for several deaths each year, not just in this county, but in California and all over the US. At least three deaths during the 2011 holiday season are attributed to impaired drivers during the first half of the Winter Holiday Anti-DUI Crackdown. This statistic actually increased over last years’ numbers for the same dates, when only two deaths were attributed to impaired drivers.

Of course, while you are driving, be sure to obey all traffic laws, wear your seat belt and, if possible, travel with a pack of cars. It’s much easier for an officer to focus on your vehicle if there are no other cars on the road. If you are pulled over, be sure to remain calm and relaxed. Keep your hands were the officer is able to see them, and hand him your license, registration and insurance card. Often, people become shaken up if they are stopped by an officer. This does not help the situation and may also increase the officer’s level of stress. Remain calm and answer the officer’s questions.

If you have had, perhaps, one drink and you are arrested for a suspected DUI, this does not automatically mean a DUI conviction. Your blood alcohol content level, or BAC, determines how much alcohol is present in your bloodstream. A roadside breathalyzer will give the officer a reading on the spot, or you may request a blood test be taken. To draw blood, the officer must take you into the station.

If you are convicted of a DUI, promptly pay your fines and abide by all assigned sentences. Promptly take your traffic school class, if the judge has made this requirement part of your sentencing. Most importantly, learn from the mistake and take measures to ensure that you never are in the situation to get another DUI.

For more information on California traffic school, check out B Line Traffic Schools’ resources.

 

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