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Plan ahead to avoid DUI charges this Memorial Day weekend

All available California Highway Patrol officers will be on duty this Memorial Day weekend in a statewide crackdown on impaired driving. Local law enforcement agencies throughout the state will also be out in full force over the holiday weekend, so be sure to plan ahead for a sober ride if your plans for celebration involve alcohol. The Maximum Enforcement Period is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 23, and will wrap up at midnight on Monday, May 26.

Last year, the CHP arrested more than 1,200 people for impaired driving over Memorial Day weekend as part of its Maximum Enforcement campaign. People who are arrested for impaired driving in California can face severe penalties if convicted, including jail time, costly fines and loss of driving privileges. 

In many cases, working with a skilled DUI defense attorney can be an effective way to help minimize the negative consequences of impaired driving charges. A lawyer with experience in this area can advocate on behalf of the client's interests at every stage of the process, including investigation, prosecution and sentencing. For instance, depending on the circumstances, a DUI defense lawyer may pursue the client's interests by challenging faulty evidence or negotiating for reduced charges.

Also coinciding with the DUI enforcement campaign in California this Memorial Day is "Click It or Ticket," a nationwide seatbelt enforcement campaign headed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That campaign is set to run through June 1, 2014. Seatbelt use is one of the best ways to protect yourself from injuries in the event of a crash. This is especially important over Memorial Day weekend, which is typically a high-volume weekend for traffic accidents.

Source: Petaluma Argus Courier, "Law enforcement will be at full staffing for Memorial Day," May 22, 2014 (viewed May 22, 2014)

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