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  • Writer's pictureCharles Haskell

Super Bowl Season is DUI Season

NFL fans from around the world are excited for the match-up between the L.A. Rams and the New England Patriots in upcoming Super Bowl LIII. I too am looking forward to the game as it will surely be shootout. But lingering in the back of my mind are the statistics of DUI arrests that occur (and seem to skyrocket) this time of year.

Super Bowl season is DUI season. What kind of DUI lawyer would I be if I failed to remind you of how to prevent a DUI arrest.

1. If you are over 21 years old, the legal limit in D.C. is .08 BAC. That's about a drink, depending on your body weight. If you're pulled over exhibiting signs of impairment and your BAC is above .08 you could be charged with DUI. Therefore, don't drink too much before driving.

2. If you are under 21 years old, D.C. adheres to a zero tolerance policy, which means your BAC must be under .00.

3. Don't drive immediately after the Super Bowl, even if you're likely below the legal limit. Law enforcement is routinely on high-alert after the game and you will increase your chances of being stopped.

4. Use turn signals, check your break lights before driving, and be extra careful driving within the marked lanes. Police officers can justify a DUI stop by enforcing what may seem like small rules infractions.

5. Look out for DUI checkpoints. Many times local news channels will provide this information during a pregame broadcast. In addition, many jurisdictions require law enforcement to provide notice before issuing a checkpoint.

Hope this helps and please feel free to give me a call or send an email for any additional information.

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