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Memorial Day Weekend and Drunk Driving Enforcement

Drunk driving enforcement efforts will be increased this Memorial Day weekend to limit and reduce the number of drunk driving injuries and fatalities. Memorial Day weekend is considered the start of the summer season which means a higher number of high school graduates and college-aged young adults will take to the roadways. California’s Driver task forces has issued some reminders for the holiday weekend. The first and most important suggestion is if you are going to drunk, designate a sober driver. The California Highway Patrol has issued alerts that they will establish DUI checkpoints within Humboldt County and special DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the county. Not only will there be heightened DUI checkpoints over Memorial Day Weekend there will also be additional officers deployed on freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period.

Suggestions from the California Highway Patrol

  1. The most important first step is to plan ahead. Designate someone to drive. Make sure you and your family and friends get home safely from any Memorial Day weekend gatherings.
  2. If you are hosting a party be aware of how many drinks your guests are consuming and limit the number to no more than one or two drinks per hour.
  3. Provide non-alcoholic drinks for the designated driver. There are a variety of websites which offer drink recipes.
  4. Limit the amount of drinks you bring to someone else’s party and make sure you always eat while you drink.
Keep in mind, it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure drivers are driving safely. The police cannot be everywhere watching everyone. If you see someone driving recklessly call 911 and tell the police so they can stop them BEFORE they injure another driver. The Avoid DUI Task Force is paid by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and they will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the Independence Day Holiday and for the summer August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Other states Increase DUI enforcement for Memorial Day

California is not the only state to increase police enforcement over the weekend. The Pennsylvania state police have also announced state troopers will be conducting roving DUI patrols and a DUI checkpoints. The goal of increased police presence in Pennsylvania is to ensure drivers drive safely and responsibly. "We want to make sure that we get off the summer season to a god start and we don't want to have to have people already looking at a DUI to start the summer," said Trooper. David Beohm. "Let's start it off smart and be safe about it."

Hiring a DUI lawyer

If you are arrested for drunk driving this Memorial Day weekend do not try to fight the DUI charges on your own. Talk to a DUI lawyer for more information about the possible penalties and fines you could face after a DUI.
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