While the overall incidence of DUI arrests in metropolitan areas in California has been declining thanks in part to the availability of ride-sharing programs like Lyft and Uber, DUI arrests are still taking place. Many DUI arrests occur during holiday weekends like Memorial Day. It should come as no surprise to you that law enforcement takes full advantage of the knowledge that people like to enjoy themselves on holiday weekends and they step up their patrols accordingly.
This year, the California Highway Patrol reported fifty-seven DUI arrests in San Diego County between 6 pm Friday and 6 am Sunday. Last year, only thirty-six DUI arrests occurred during that same time frame. The increase in holiday weekend DUI arrests is not limited to San Diego County. This year, six hundred and seventy-four people were arrested for DUI during the 6 pm Friday to 6 am Sunday time period. Last year, the number of arrests during that time were five hundred and ninety-nine.
Increased police presence on the roads is a predictable occurrence during holiday weekends, both during the summer and throughout the year. As you look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July with friends and family, plan ahead to decrease the chance that you will get arrested for DUI. The best way to avoid getting a DUI during a holiday weekend or any other time is to avoid driving if you plan on drinking. Talk with friends and family about choosing a designated driver, or plan ahead to use ride-sharing if it’s available in your area. Public transportation is another option, and depending on your situation, you may have other choices available to you as well.
If you do choose to drive during a holiday weekend, be aware that law enforcement will have their eyes on you whether or not you have been drinking. Do whatever you can to avoid attracting any attention from law enforcement officers, so that you will arrive at home without any hassle. Begin by looking your vehicle over to ensure that you are not selected for a late night traffic stop because of something that could have been fixed in advance, like a burnt out light bulb. Also, obey all of the rules of the road, like speed limits, stop signs, and the like. If you do get pulled over, do your best to remain calm and respectful. Remember your rights, and provide as little information about where you have been and what you have been doing as you possibly can. If you do end up getting stopped and you are charged with a DUI despite your best efforts, the best thing you can do is speak with an Orange County DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.