While many retailers in New Jersey are focusing on Black Friday sales this
week, law enforcement agencies are honing their strategies for Black Wednesday
enforcement. Black Wednesday refers to the evening before the Thanksgiving
holiday. While it is widely known as the busiest travel day of the year,
it is also infamous for being a time when many
drunk drivers are arrested.
It may be common knowledge for New Jersey drivers that operating a motor
vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above is a crime,
but many are unsure of how many drinks it takes for the average person
to reach that level. They may rely on the notion of being “fine
after a drink or two” (which turns into four or five), or they have
back-road detours to avoid roving patrols.
While these tactics may have some successes, people who consume alcohol
during Black Wednesday (or during Thanksgiving weekend) should consider
using a designated driver. While it may be common knowledge, a designated
driver is someone who abstains from alcohol during a night on the town
so that he or she will not be impaired while behind the wheel. It is important
to understand that the designated driver is not the person who drinks
the least (compared to people who are flat out drunk), because drivers
who are impaired can be arrested for a crime.
Nevertheless, there are some who may be arrested on suspicion of drunk
driving. With an arrest, the accused still has a number of defenses that
can be raised in order to avoid a conviction. If you have questions, an
experienced criminal defense attorney can help.
Source: MyCentralJersey.com, “A holiday plan: If you drink, don’t drive.” November 19, 2013