With New Year’s Eve rapidly approaching, many Indiana residents are finalizing their plans and getting ready for a night of celebration and reflection of the passing year. While hailed by many as a last-hurrah of sorts, this holiday is not without its dark side: drunk drivers.
Every year, law enforcement throughout the country ramp up their forces on New Year’s Eve in an effort to crack down on intoxicated motorists, resulting in a considerable spike in the number of arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) during this time. If you are planning on traveling for New Year’s Eve or attending a party with friends or coworkers, it is important you remember to drink responsibility and keep an eye out for increased police saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints set up throughout the Muncie area.
What Is a DUI Checkpoint?
Simply put, a DUI checkpoint, also referred to as a sobriety checkpoint or DUI roadblock, is a police tactic which involves setting up a roadblock in a specific area and requiring the mandatory stoppage of motorists to investigate the possibility of impaired driving. DUI checkpoints are one of the only circumstances in which a police officer may pull you over without any suspicion of criminal activity. Once you are stopped at a checkpoint, you must stay and may not leave until you are given permission.
The following tips can minimize your chances of being charged with an untimely New Year’s Eve DUI:
- Do not drink and drive under any circumstances
- Assign a designated driver or be a designated driver
- Arrange for a safe ride through Uber or Lyft
- Arrange to stay where you are or at a nearby hotel
- Have a party at your place
Arrested for DUI? Call (765) 663-4009
At Brooke-Stevens, PC, we always encourage our readers to drink responsibly and never driver while under the influence of alcohol. We understand, however, that good people can get caught up in difficult situations, and we are here to help if that should ever occur.
If you or a loved one should be arrested for DUI this New Year’s Eve, our team of powerful Muncie DUI/DWI attorneys can provide the aggressive advocacy you need to protect your driving privileges and freedom. With 30+ years of combined legal advocacy, we have what it takes to ensure you are treated fairly during this frightening time.
Get in touch with us online today to discuss your defense options in full detail.