Super Bowl weekend may not be considered an official national holiday, but it is celebrated like one. As millions of Americans gather at parties to drink beer and watch football, law enforcement will take to the streets to crack down on the inevitable increase in drunk driving incidents. It is important for all New Jersey motorists to remember that it only takes a few drinks to be considered over the legal limit and that drunk driving penalties in New Jersey are severe.
Super Bowl weekend is often treated by law enforcement like New Years Eve or the Fourth of July. Law enforcement agencies know that there will be more drunk drivers on the roadway. So, they step up enforcement efforts. You may notice more DUI checkpoints on major thoroughfares, as well as a substantial increase in the number of DUI patrols. Officers will be on the lookout for drivers behaving erratically. Signs of intoxication that may result in a traffic stop include running through a red light, speeding or driving well below the speed limit, swerving, and other erratic behavior.
If you plan on drinking or partying this Super Bowl Sunday, you would be well advised to have a designated driver who has committed to being sober. If this is not possible, either call a taxi or spend the night at the location of the party and drive home in the morning. Remember, even first-time offenders face up to 30 days in jail, a 90-day license suspension, and considerable fines in New Jersey.
The skilled NJ drunk driving defense attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help drivers fight DUI charges in New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been accused of driving under the influence, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.