Memorial Day weekend has become a time for friends, family, and ushering in the summer season those you love. It also has become a time when many of us get together to enjoy alcohol and, because this, police agencies statewide will be out in force this coming weekend to crack down on any suspected drunk drivers.
Every year, law enforcement increases its patrols, establishes DUI checkpoints, and heightens its vigilance to detect and stop possible drunk drivers over Memorial Day weekend. How effective are they? Over Memorial Day weekend in 2014, there were over 400 DUI arrests in Colorado. In 2015, there were nearly 300 arrests on Memorial Day alone.
Take the Time for Prevention
The good news is that DUI arrests are always avoidable. By taking just a few precautions, anyone ready to attend a function this coming weekend can ensure that, if they drink, they don't get back behind the wheel too soon afterwards.
If you are planning to go out and drink this weekend:
- Try using a designated driver
- Download and use a ride-sharing app like Lyft or Uber
- Plan to stay at your host's residence overnight
- Use public transportation or a taxi
"What do I do if I'm charged?"
If you do happen to be charged with a DUI this coming weekend, it is critical that you know your options going forward. First of all, know that even if you failed your breathalyzer test, you are not automatically guilty of drunk driving. Your case should be assessed by a trusted and experienced Colorado Springs DUI defense lawyer who has the knowledge and resources to protect your rights and, if possible, challenge the state's case against you.
If you or a loved one was charged with a DUI over Memorial Day weekend, my firm, The Samuelson Law Firm, is ready to assist you. I am well-versed in the challenges DUI suspects face following an arrest and offer personalized, aggressive advocacy to my clients who need their voices heard before the law.
Want to learn more about what my firm can do for you following your DUI arrest? Fill out our online form to request a free case evaluation today.