Labor Day DWI Crackdown: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Law enforcement cracks down on drunk driving over the Labor Day holiday.

The end of the summer season is a sad time for many people across the country-college students are packing their things and heading back to school, weekend vacations spent at the beach or the pool are slowly coming to an end, and the last of the fun, outrageous beach bashes of summer have come and gone.

However, one of the most exciting, enjoyable weekends of the summer is still among us-Labor Day Weekend. Whether you and your friends are heading out the lake, celebrating the start of another great football season by tailgating, or simply having a late-night backyard BBQ at your house, there is no doubt that Labor Day weekend is one of the craziest weekends of the summer.

Unfortunately, you and your friends will not be the only ones out on the town this upcoming Labor Day. Police in every state and city will be out in record numbers from August 19th through Labor Day Weekend (September 3rd) as part of their annual nationwide enforcement to crack down on drunk driving.

This national campaign, titled Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will be mainly targeted at young male drivers and motorcycle riders ( the most common perpetrators of drinking and driving). However, they will not be holding back against other drivers-Their press release stated that their message was simple and unwavering: if they find someone driving impaired, regardless of age, vehicle type, or time of day, they will arrest them.

Their crackdown also includes the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, especially during high-risk hours of the night, and will make use of all officers, troopers and deputies in cities across the country.

So, how can you ensure that you are not arrested for a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge during your Labor Day celebrations? Here are just a few tips for staying safe and avoiding a DWI:

  • Avoid driving any kind of vehicle after you have been drinking, as it may lead to a possible DWI conviction.
  • Select one of your friends to be the designated driver for your group before you head out to the bar.
  • Match every glass of beer, wine or liquor with a tall glass of water. This will help to slow down the rate of alcohol consumption into your blood stream.
  • Be aware that minor traffic offenses such as speeding or running a stop sign are some of the leading causes for police stopping vehicles, which can subsequently result in a DWI conviction.
  • If you are stopped, never admit that you had been drinking or tell an officer how much you have had to drink. This information may be used against you in court.
  • Do not be tricked into thinking that Field Sobriety Tests or Breath Tests are mandatory.

However, if you are pulled over and charged with a DWI charge this upcoming holiday weekend, be sure that you contact an experienced DWI lawyer to handle your case. They will not only ensure that your charge is handled properly, but that you will also be faced with as minimal violations as possible.

Also, always remember that the most surefire way to avoid a DWI charge is to not drink and drive at all. Therefore, be sure that you have a safe and smart holiday weekend.