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Tips to Avoid Getting a DUI

Getting pulled over for a DUI is one of the most frightening experiences that can happen to anyone. However, despite the threat of jail time and fines, people continue to risk of driving after having a few drinks.

The following are some ways that will help prevent a police officer from pulling you over:

  • Keep your car in great condition. If you have an expired tag or a taillight that’s not in working order, these little details are enough to get you pulled over.
  • Eat something while you are drinking. Whenever you drink on an empty stomach, the alcohol is absorbed more quickly and causes your BAC to rise at a faster rate. However, if you are eating, it will help slow down the intake of alcohol in your system.
  • Have your driver’s license, registration, and insurance information in an accessible place. If the officer catches you fumbling around to obtain those items, that could give him or her enough reasonable suspicion to perform a field sobriety test.
  • Obey traffic laws. Even though you are supposed to follow the law at all times, you must pay extra attention if you had a little to drink. Whether it is failing to signal before you make a turn or going a little over the speed limit, any sort of reckless behavior can get you pulled over.
  • Stay informed about the DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints are required to be mentioned in a public forum, typically on a local police website. Make sure you are aware of the checkpoints and plan accordingly.

While these are great ways to avoid a DUI, the main focus should be driving safely without causing an accident. If you feel like you’ve had too much to drink and didn't want to run the risk of driving, always call a friend or call a cab or ride-sharing service to get you home.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Ventura County, contact our firm and request a free consultation today.