Throughout Pennsylvania and likewise across America, the need to deter drunk drivers and prevent fatalities in alcohol-related accidents is ever increasing. To accomplish this, community organizations and law enforcement agencies are doubling their efforts to protect our roads.

As reported by 69 News, Pennsylvania State Police will soon be conducting increased patrols all over Montgomery County in addition to establishing a DUI checkpoint on a state highway as early as the first weekend of March 2017.

With an increased police presence and a geared-up approach to Pennsylvania DUI offenses, more encounters with law enforcement are expected. As an accomplished Montgomery County DUI defense attorney Michael Fienman wants people in the community to be responsible motorists and has provided some helpful advice that may come in handy to avoid a DUI charge.

7 Ways to Avoid a DUI

  1. Get a Ride if You Can.The first tip attorney Fienman can offer may be the most obvious, but the easiest way to avoid a DUI is to act sensibly. This means that you should not use illegal drugs or consume alcohol excessively before getting behind the wheel. The blood alcohol limit to operate a vehicle is .08 percent, and if you think that you might be over the line, call a taxi, have a designated driver, or take advantage of one of the many popular ridesharing programs like Uber or Lyft.
  2. Eat Something First.One of the easiest ways to consume alcohol responsibly is often overlooked. However, if you are drinking, try to avoid doing so on an empty stomach. Eating something before you go out or having a few slices of pizza at your local watering hole slows the absorption of alcohol into your system.
  3. Are the Eagles in the Playoffs?Be mindful of any major sporting events or special occasions in your area. Holidays like Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July usually see a lot more drivers on the road and are also popular days to drink. This combination will result in more police patrols and staying at home or finding a sober ride may be your best options.
  4. Do a Quick Online Search.Don’t be surprised by a DUI checkpoint. These are announced in advance and can be found online.
  5. Can Your Car Pass an Inspection?Don’t give the police more reason to suspect you than possible. That’s why you should ensure your car is in good working order with valid tags and functioning lights and signals. Additionally, always carry your driver’s license and proof of insurance in an easily accessible place.
  6. Be Quiet and Respectful.The flashing lights and an authority figure at your car window can be intimidating. If you are stopped by law enforcement at a checkpoint or any other time, keep your hands in plain sight and speak clearly and politely. However, it is critical that you don’t admit to anything. Remember anything you say can be used against you. Saying something like, “I had a few drinks with my friend” may be all the police need to keep questioning you or request that you submit to a sobriety test.
  7. Call a Lawyer Right Away.If you are charged with a DUI, don’t try to argue or negotiate with the officers. Remember, they have a job to do. Instead, contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer at your first opportunity. Your attorney’s job will be to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome, so let them do it.

DUI Attorney Michael Fienman is Here to Help

The effects of a DUI conviction can be harsh and long lasting. With years of experience handling DUI cases in Montgomery County and all over Pennsylvania, attorney Michael Fienman knows exactly what you are up against and will be there to explain the process every step of the way. From your initial consultation to when your case reaches the best possible conclusion, Fienman Defense will be your advocate.

If you’re facing a DUI charge after a checkpoint or a routine stop, protect yourself and your future by calling (215) 839-9529 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation.

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