Tips for Avoiding Tennessee DUI Arrests during Halloween
Penalties for a first-time driving under the influence (DUI) offender in Tennessee include jail time. A first-time DUI conviction can also result in a one-year license suspension, mandatory DUI school, fines between $350 and $1,500, and enrollment in a drug and alcohol treatment program. With Halloween just around the corner, it is all the more important to focus on avoiding a drunk driving arrest.
There are several steps you can take to avoid a Tennessee DUI arrest during Halloween or any other holiday, when law enforcement agencies are out in full force to catch drunk drivers. Drivers are above the legal limit if their blood alcohol concentration is .08 percent or higher. It is important to remember that it only takes a few drinks to be over the legal limit. So, if you have been drinking, it is in your best interest to call a cab or to have someone else drive.
It may also be a good idea to avoid areas where officers may be conducting DUI saturation patrols or DUI checkpoints. They concentrate their efforts on populated areas near bars and restaurants. In recent months, officers have set up DUI checkpoints at West Market Street and North State of Franklin Road in Johnson City, Schaad Road in Knoxville, Winchester Road and Hacks Cross Road in Memphis, and at Murfreesboro Pike and Donelson Pike in Nashville.
You can help prevent a traffic stop by practicing safe driving habits. Obey the speed limit. Wear your seatbelt. Make sure your lights are working properly. If an officer does stop you, it is important to remain polite. It is at the discretion of an officer to take a driver to the station for an official alcohol test. Therefore, it is not wise to argue with an officer or to be anything but helpful and respectful.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, remember that you have the right to fight the charges. The experienced Knoxville DUI defense attorneys at Baker Associates provide free consultations at (866) 853-2888. Please call our offices today to begin building your defense.