Police have increased DUI checkpoints and prevention afforts to deter drunk driving in December in Wake County. Drunk driving is a dangerous and expensive crime. The costs along range from $5,000-$10,000 in terms of court costs, lawyer fees and insurance premium increases. Additionally there's no way to estimate the effect on a loss of income from potential employers who will not hire someone with a DUI on their criminal record.
Last weekend (December 13-15, 2013) police in Wake County set up 11 checkpoints. There were 54 arrests in Wake COunty for DUI last weekend alone. Plus an additional 538 speeding tickets were issued according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. These checkpoints and continued police activity will only increase around the holidays.
Top Ten List of questions if you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI.
- Have your license and registration ready to hand to police if pulled over. You don't want to fumble around looking for those documents in front of the police when you are pulled over.
- Do not answer any police questions. Politely refuse to answer questions about where you have been and whether you have had anything to drink.
- If you are asked to exit the car you must comply. Be very careful in the way you exit the car - if you stumble this will be a clue for officers that could lead to your arrest.
- Refuse to take the field sobriety tests. Don't recite the alphabet. Don't follow the pen light with your eyes. Politely refuse. These tests are very difficult to take under ideal conditions. On a side road in the middle of the night they are much harder for anyone to take - regardless of whether or not you have been drinking.
- Don't question the officer. Just politely refuse to answer questions and to take the tests that are designed to make you fail.
- If you are taken to the station and aksed whether you would like to make a phone call - you should make it.
- If you are taken to the station and asked whether you would like a witness - you should request one and try to get someone to the station to view your condition.
- We can't give you advice on whether or not to blow into the intoxilizer at the station. If you refuse to bloe you will automatically lose your license for a year and there's no way to even try to get a temporary permit for at least six months.
- Remember not to speak at the station without an attorney present. Always be polite but be firm in refusing to answer questions (other than your name etc.).
- Always be nice! Being a jerk will always hurt your case.