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Avoid drunk driving charges this Fourth of July

Independence Day is a time for celebration with family and friends, and oftentimes those celebrations involve alcohol. Taking a few extra minutes to plan a sober ride home this weekend can make the difference between a fun-filled holiday and an arrest for drunk driving. 

Typically, July Fourth is one of the biggest days of the year for impaired driving. This year, North Carolina law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the Department of Transportation to target impaired drivers as part of the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign.

The statewide elevated enforcement period began on June 27 and will continue through July 6. As part of the campaign, police will be conducting saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

Planning ahead is one of the best ways to avoid driving while impaired. By working out a plan in advance, while you are sober, you save yourself from having to problem-solve while tipsy. This can help reduce the temptation to “risk it” by driving after consuming alcohol, which is never worth the risk.

If you are stopped by police for suspected impaired driving, it is important to remember that you have rights. Bear in mind that any statement you make to police is likely to be used as evidence against you in court, even if you think you are helping yourself out. Instead of trying to talk your way out of the situation, it is a good idea to invoke your right to remain silent and get help from an attorney.

Source: The Daily Dispatch, "Operation Firecracker seeks to reduce drunk driving," June 27, 2014

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