The holiday season brings more than just good cheer and merriment. It also
brings out additional patrols for drunk driving enforcement. Compared
to other times of the year, Christmas and New Years is punctuated with
anti-drunk driving campaigns. It will not be surprising to see sobriety
checkpoints in addition to more law enforcement officers on the road.
Because of this, it is important for New Jersey drivers to understand
how to deal with a
This post will give some basic pointers.
Keep it friendly – Naturally, no one “likes” getting stopped by the police, but
being overly sarcastic or rude to an officer may raise his or her suspicions.
Most officers have thick skins, but if they are provoked, the stop may
not go well.
Don’t make sudden moves – Safety is a paramount concern for police officers, especially when they
make car stops at night. Because of this, it is helpful to keep your hands
where the officer can see them, and only reach for things (such as your
registration), only after asking the officer if you can get them.
Follow the officer’s directions – Sometimes officers may ask you to do something that you know he (or she)
does not have the legal right to do. However, a roadside stop is not the
best forum to assert your constitutional rights. Simply follow the officer’s
direction and make sure you take detailed notes (mental or otherwise)
of the encounter so that you can explain to an experienced criminal defense
attorney how your rights were violated.
Source: NJ.com, “Cops increasing DWI patrols, checkpoints starting Thanksgiving weekend,” Justin Zaremba, November 27, 2013