Driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement traditionally increases during the winter holidays in an effort to take drunk drivers traveling to or from holiday events off the road. DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, and other efforts are increased and law enforcement is actively looking for signs of intoxication.
Recently, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office released the results of a DUI checkpoint conducted on December 21, 2012 in cooperation with Maryland State Police. The DUI checkpoint was set up between Thomas Lane and Old Solomons Island Road on E. Chesapeake Beach Road based on data collected about alcohol-related arrests and accidents in the area.
All 722 drivers that entered the checkpoint were given informational literature about the state’s drinking and driving laws. Of these 722, three drivers were directed to a DUI testing area as the result of the presence of alcohol on the driver. One driver was arrested for drunk driving, while a total of four were arrested for other offenses.
As knowledgeable DUI defense lawyers in Maryland, the legal team at Alpert Schreyer praises the efforts of law enforcement to keep the roads safe, but also recognizes that the pressure to keep drunk drivers off the road can lead to mistakes in arrest procedure and/or misinterpretations of the signs and symptoms of intoxication.
If you have been arrested for DUI, it would be best to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney before pleading guilty or making any other legal decisions. We can help you determine what the best course of action is for your particular case. Call (800) 489-1577 today for a consultation.