Summer is finally in full swing. It's time to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun. If your fun is going to involve parties, you need to make sure that you're protected against DUI charges. Part of that protection includes knowing how to avoid being pulled over in the first place. Believe it or not, there are some specific things you can do to reduce the chances of being pulled over. Here are two steps you can take to reduce your chances of being pulled over for a DUI.
Know Your Vehicle
If you're going to be doing a lot of driving this summer, you need to make sure you're not a magnet for DUI stops. If you're not sure what a DUI magnet is, here are a couple tips.
Cars with a History
If your car has ever been involved in a DUI/DWI stop, the license plate is stored in a central law enforcement computer. Police officers can find out about prior DUI's by inputing license plate numbers into the computer data base while they're out on patrol. When they get a hit on a car that's been pulled over for DUI/DWI before, they may pull it over again. Before you drive a car, make sure you know the history. That includes cars that you own. To protect yourself, before you purchase a used car, request a DMV printout on it. That will let you know if you're going to be driving a DUI/DWI magnate.
Cars with Damage
If your car has visible damage, police officers will often use that as a reason to pull you over, especially if you've exhibited an unsafe maneuver in your car – such as an unsafe lane change. To make sure you aren't providing them with a reason to pull you over, inspect your car at least once a week. Make sure all of the lights work properly, including blinkers and brake lights. Also make sure that your license plate is visible and that the registration is current.
Avoid Driving During Times of High Visibility
When the bars are about to close, police officers will often patrol the streets looking for drunk drivers. However, there are other times and places when police officers will increase their patrols. You can reduce your chances of being pulled over by avoiding these specific times and places.
- Outdoor festivals
- Sporting events
If you're attending these events, make sure that you obey all traffic laws and that your vehicle is free of mechanical problems that would require a citation.
You don't want to ruin your summer by being pulled over for a DUI. You can reduce your chances by following the tips provided here. If you do get pulled over and charged with a DUI, be sure to speak to an attorney, such as Attorney John F Obrien, as soon as possible.