DUI checkpoints, police saturation around Candlestick Park tonight

On behalf of The Law Offices of Michael L. Davidson posted in DUI on Monday, November 19, 2012.

If you are going to the game between the 49ers and the Chicago Bears tonight, you may want to bring a designated driver or take a cab.

The San Francisco Police Department has announced that it will increase DUI patrols around the Candlestick Park Corridor and will set up DUI checkpoints. At these sobriety checkpoints, officers stop every vehicle or every nth vehicle and test the drivers for alcohol. More importantly, however, the Department believes that by publicizing the checkpoints, they reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road and, thus, the number of drunk driving accidents.

The Candlestick Park enforcement effort is made possible by a $106,000 grant that the City of San Francisco received to target drunk driving. The saturation and checkpoints will be active from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., obviously targeting football fans.

It is hard to tell how this game between two of the best defense teams in the nation will go. No matter what the score, however, you do not want your night to end on a bad note, with a field sobriety test or a visit to jail.

If you are stopped at a sobriety checkpoint

So what do you do if you are stopped at a sobriety checkpoint? First, no matter what your blood alcohol content (BAC), be polite to the police officers. Being polite, however, does not mean answering all of their questions — you can invoke your right to remain silent. The officers may ask you to take a field sobriety test or breath test. While you can refuse these tests, you may face serious consequences for doing so. Breath test refusal can increase your time in jail and your driver’s license suspension period.

If you are arrested for drunk driving, an experienced DUI defense attorney may be able to defend against your charges by showing that officers acted inappropriately during your arrest or that your blood alcohol tests were faulty, among other defenses.

Learn more by visiting our pages on DUI defense.

Source: San Francisco News, “SFPD Increased DUI Checkpoints,” Nov. 15 2012

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