Labor Day is considered by many as the official end of summer. And as such, it is perfectly understandable that people want to get the most out of every minute of the three-day weekend. And of course, having a couple of drinks is often part of the festivities.
But be aware that if you are planning to drink during the holiday weekend, local and state law enforcement agencies will be increasing their presence to catch intoxicated drivers. In fact, New Jersey’s largest annual crackdown on drunk driving occurs during the Labor Day holiday.
The increased policing efforts, which will include roving patrols and checkpoints, is part of a national campaign known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” And New Jersey authorities are taking this moniker quite seriously. The N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety’s acting directors says that the campaign has a zero-tolerance message and that those caught behind the wheel while intoxicated will be arrested.
While it is understandable that the authorities want to keep the roads as safe as possible, it is also clear that they will be making an extra effort to find and arrest those they believe are driving under the influence. It is possible that in their zeal they may fail to administer sobriety tests correctly, thus mistakenly arresting individuals who are not legally impaired.
An arrest for DUI could lead to your license being suspended and a host of other penalties, including fines or even jail time. Therefore, you may wish to have an experienced attorney handle your defense. The attorney could investigate the arrest to see if there were any mistakes made when you were administered the test. Given your circumstances, you may be able to have the charges dropped or your penalties minimized.
Source: nj.com, “‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ 2016 crackdown,” Aug, 18, 2016