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West Virginians at higher risk for DUI stops this month

West Virginians at higher risk for DUI stops this month

No matter where you live in West Virginia, chances are good that you’ve seen more law enforcement officers out on the state’s roads and highways recently. You might have also noticed an increase in the number of DUI checkpoints.

This increased enforcement period occurs multiple times of year around holidays associated with higher rates of drunk driving. And with Christmas and New Year’s coming up in the next couple weeks, there is no question that we are in a period of increased DUI enforcement.

It’s all part of a “Holiday Blitz” campaign sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Commission. Money has been allocated to law enforcement agencies across the state to pay overtime hours and other costs associated with maintaining a greater law enforcement presence.

What does this mean for drivers in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties? For starters, it means that you are much more likely to be pulled over for a variety of offenses, including but not limited to drunk driving. It also means that you should be especially careful and conscientious if your holiday plans include the consumption of alcohol.

If you will be attending holiday parties where alcohol is served, for instance, it’s a good idea to arrange alternative transportation if you plan to drink at all. Securing a designated driver is often the preferred option for holiday revelers, but you can also take advantage of public transportation such as a bus or taxi.

Getting pulled over does not necessarily mean you’ll be charged with DUI or other offenses, but the risk is certainly higher than normal. And although you may be able to fight drunk-driving charges (especially if they were unwarranted), it is easier to just avoid suspicion in the first place, when possible.

That being said, if you are facing charges of drunk driving, you need to be proactive. To that end, please seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.

Source: WTOV 9, “Police in West Virginia begin ‘Holiday Blitz’ to curb drunk driving,” Dec. 11, 2014

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