If you were driving over the weekend, you may have noticed a lot more police officers on the roads looking for drunk drivers. This was no coincidence as police departments across Washington state made a concerted effort to step up DUI patrols during the holiday season.
On Friday alone, there were more than a thousand law enforcement officers patrolling Washington roads as part of the "Night of 1,000 Stars" patrol, reports KOMO.
And there's a good chance these increased efforts to nab drunk drivers will continue through the New Year with popular drinking nights like Christmas and New Year's Eve rolling around.
So what can you do to avoid a DUI this holiday season? Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take:
- Have a designated driver. The holidays are supposed to be fun and when you attend parties or watch a game, it's okay to have a drink or two. But if you drink, make sure you have a designated driver who can get you home safely.
- Keep a number for a cab handy. If a designated driver isn't practical, make sure you have the phone numbers for a cab company readily available. Sure, a cab can be costly, but a $35 taxi fare is nothing compared to the thousands you may have to pay out if you're convicted of a DUI.
- Get a free ride home. There are several organizations and private companies that are now arranging for free rides home if you get drunk. Now there is no excuse to get behind the wheel of a car if you had too much to drink.
- Know your limits. Know your limits and when to call it quits. And the limit should be very low. Even if you are well under the legal limit, law enforcement can still arrest your for DUI. Each person's "limit" varies, but the universal, most safest limit is zero.
Don't let a holiday DUI ruin your holiday season. Law enforcement personnel have stepped up their patrols for the holiday season and they are on the lookout for drunk drivers. According to watikileaks.com, extra law enforcement will be in Kirkland this Friday and Saturday (December 21 and 22) on the lookout for impaired drivers.
If you get arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in the Seattle or King County area, it is important that you work with a DUI attorney. An experienced DUI attorney can help you explore your defenses and develop a plan of action. At Wolff Criminal Defense, you can receive a free, confidential consultation. Call us at 425-284-2000 or visit our website at WolffCriminalDefense.com to set up a consultation. Don't try to fight your case alone.