Since drunk driving accidents frequently occur this time of year, DUI checkpoints are common during the holiday season. Therefore, it's important to know what to do if you encounter a sobriety checkpoint. Here are some tips to help you stay safe on the roads during the holidays.
Be Aware of Your Rights
In Arizona, police officers must have reasonable suspicion that someone is impaired before administering field sobriety tests or chemical tests. If you do not believe that you are impaired, you can refuse to take the tests. However, refusing may result in serious consequences, such as a license suspension.
Be Polite and Cooperative with the Officers
DUI checkpoints are intimidating and stressful, but it is important to remain calm and polite when speaking to officers. Remember, they have a job to do and may be more likely to let you go if you cooperate with them respectfully.
Keep Your Paperwork in Order, and Readily Available
Have your driver's license, registration, and insurance paperwork ready before you get to the DUI checkpoint. Having these documents organized will make it easier for officers to process you quickly, so they can move on to other drivers.
Plan Ahead and Designate a Driver Before Going Out Drinking
This is the best way to make sure that everyone gets home safely. If you don't have a designated driver, try to find a taxi or Uber service to get you home.
Avoid Drinking Too Much Alcohol
It's easy to overindulge during the holiday season, but it's important to remember that even one drink can impair your ability to drive safely. Pace yourself and drink plenty of water between drinks.
If you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint and arrested, get in touch with our team today to seek legal guidance. You only have 15 days to schedule a license suspension hearing after being arrested for a DUI. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. can analyze your charges and help get them reduced or even dismissed.
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