Summer is a time of fun and enjoyment. College students are on break and families take vacations. The weekends are often times when family and friends get together for picnics and BBQs and these events often involve alcohol. The summer also has some holidays such as Independence Day and Memorial Day. The summer can mean more dangers on the roads as people get behind the wheel after they have been drinking.
Summer Safe Driving Tips
It is essential that you follow some safe driving tips, especially during the busy summer months. If you plan to drink, do so at home or make sure that you make arrangements for an Uber or other rideshare service. If you are going out with a group of friends, assign one as the sober driver. Do not allow a friend to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. Remember that even a small amount of alcohol can cause impairment.
Do not drive on the roads during the busiest times on the road. Get your vehicle checked and serviced before you start out on a long trip or vacation. Get plenty of rest before you drive and do not drive if you are drowsy or fatigued. Stop every couple of hours on long trips so you can stretch and get some air. Do not allow any passengers to drink while you are driving since it can be distracting. Do not text or use other electronic devices while you are behind the wheel.
What to do if You are Stopped for DUI
A routine traffic stop can turn into a DUI stop in the blink of an eye. When you are stopped for a traffic violation, the officer will ask you for your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. If the officer notices the smell of alcohol, or any signs of impairment, he or she will ask you to step out of the car to conduct some field sobriety tests (FSTs). In Florida, you are required to submit to mandatory breath, urine, or blood testing. You do not have to comply with FSTs. However, if you refuse FSTs, the officer may proceed with an arrest on suspicion of DUI.
It is usually in your best interest to cooperate with law enforcement. If you refuse the mandatory test you will be subject to additional charges that include the automatic suspension of your driver’s license for a year. You do not have to answer the police officer’s questions. If you are put under arrest you should contact an experienced Brevard County DUI attorney immediately. You do not want to take any chances with the serious charge of DUI and the penalties that could result if you are found guilty. Your attorney will investigate all aspects of your DUI arrest and determine the best defense against the charges. Your lawyer will also work to reduce or eliminate bail and will negotiate with prosecutors. If you were charged with DUI, contact our skilled legal team at Henderson Legal Group for a consultation.