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Avoiding a DWI This Fourth of July Weekend

July 4 weekend is right around the corner and that means that law enforcement agencies across the state will be augmenting their efforts to patrol the roads and catch any drunk drivers. Each year, the police see a spike in DWI charges across the state on holiday weekends and now regularly take greater measures to police our roadways and prevent possible accidents from happening.

Over the next few days, we'll see an increase in general patrolling, more DWI/sobriety checkpoints, and more police eyes on public places where people tend to drink, like bars and restaurants. There is even an aggressive driver tip line (dial #77) for drivers to report others on the road who they believe are driving recklessly.

Staying Safe This July 4

The good news is that it's never been easier to enjoy alcoholic beverages and also stay off the road this July 4 weekend. Whether you are planning to meet up with family and friends or are hosting guests at your residence, there are measures we can all take that can help prevent a DWI charge.

This July 4 weekend, consider the following:

  • Using a designated driver: this is still the best way to prevent getting a DUI on the road. Find a friend who's willing to abstain from drinking for the evening before driving home-- or volunteer yourself.
  • Using a ride-sharing app: Some experts believe that apps like Uber and Lyft have already cut down on the number of drunk drivers on the road. Consider using one of these services for your holiday weekend commutes.
  • Use public transportation: while not always the most convenient, public transportation can be useful in these situations. If you're hosting a get-together, try to have a bus schedule handy for guests or the number to a taxi service.
  • Stay the night: If you believe you'll be partying late into the evening, consider arranging to stay the night and travel home safely the next morning. If you're hosting an event, make sure to have extra blankets and pillows ready for a few guests who shouldn't be driving home at night.

If you do find yourself arrested and facing a DWI charge this July 4th weekend, remember that even if your breathalyzer test is "over the limit," you are only suspected of drunk driving, not guilty of it. A skilled Englewood DWI attorney can help assess the details of your case, pursue any viable defense strategies, and protect your rights.

If you are facing a drunk driving charge, call Alan M. Liebowitz, Esq., LLC today. Attorney Liebowitz has more than 25 years of legal experience and has assisted countless clients with savvy and aggressive advocacy both in and outside the courtroom.

Start fighting your DWI charge today. Call the firm at 201.340.9338 now.

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