The July 4th holiday is known for fireworks and booze. While it may be okay to legally enjoy both, revelers who celebrate the holiday in the Seattle and King County areas should be aware that local and state enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for impaired drivers.
The summer months are typically associated with an increased amount of drinking and driving. In fact, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are frequently cited as the "100 Deadliest Days."
While police officers may not set up DUI checkpoints, there will be more units on streets and highways looking for signs of impaired driving. These signs can include things like:
- Erratic Driving
- Driving Below the Speed Limit
- Failure to Obey Traffic Signs and Lights
- General Failure to Drive Safely
Once stopped, a police officer may ask that a DUI suspect submit to a blood alcohol test or undergo a field sobriety test. You should be aware that a failure to take a blood alcohol test may amount to penalties even if you're not drunk including a driver's license suspension.
If you live in Seattle or plan to travel to the Seattle area during the holidays, it is important that you remember to drive sober and safe during July 4th. Know your limits and try to have a designated driver if you plan on drinking alcohol.
The State of Washington has some of the highest DUI conviction rates in the country, and if you are arrested for drunk driving in the Seattle or King County areas, you will want experienced counsel on your side. Contact the attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense. We have many years experience defending DUI suspects and will help fight to defend your rights.
You can reach us at 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.