Increased DUI patrols for Super Bowl weekend in Orange County
Like with every major holiday, big sporting events like the Super Bowl trigger increased DUI patrols. This year, the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX is no different.
This year, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is initiating their campaign – “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk”. Instead of DUI checkpoints being announced, they will be conducting “roving patrols” in areas they have identified as high DUI frequency areas. What does that mean? They will add extra patrol units to cruise around and look for traffic violations and reasons to stop cars to investigate. Remember – any traffic violation, no matter how small is enough for them to pull you over and detain you. If they smell alcohol or if you admit to drinking, you could find yourself the target of a DUI investigation.
Keep your rights in mind if you’re stopped.
Just because you’re stopped by the police doesn’t mean you have to talk. Specifically in a DUI investigation, any statement you make can come back to haunt you. Even though they are not required to read you your Miranda rights during a traffic stop (detention), you still have the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
Same thing with field sobriety tests (FSTs)
If asked to perform roadside sobriety tests, they are NOT mandatory. I’ve written an extensive article about that posted on the Forbes website: What should you do if you get pulled over for Drunk Driving in California?
Obviously, the safest route is to not drink and drive. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are all ultimately cheaper than a DUI arrest or conviction. Sometimes, people misjudge their ability to drive and find themselves getting pulled over and investigated for DUI.
If you are arrested, you only have 10 days to contest an automatic suspension of your license by the DMV. Give me a call so we can discuss your case and protect your license.