Every holiday season, law enforcement agencies around the country amp up their efforts to crack down on intoxicated drivers. The police forces in Westchester, New York will be no exception.
Police will likely be out in force and setting up DWI checkpoints around highly-traveled roads and highways, such as:
- Interstate 287
- Interstate 684
- Bronx River Parkway
- Hutchinson River Parkway
- Route 127
Last year, troopers used marked vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles, which look like pedestrian cars. Due to the high number of traffic citations issued throughout the 2015 holiday season, it is expected that these incognito officers will also be on the roads again this year.
How to Act at a DWI Checkpoint
Needless to say, the best way to avoid trouble at a DWI checkpoint or roadside stop is to never drive drunk. If you are out for the holidays visiting friends and family, please remember to drink and drive responsibly. It takes roughly an hour for the average person to sober up from the average drink; if you have two drinks with dinner, for example, wait at least two hours before driving. When in doubt, call a taxi or ridesharing service. The safety hazards of intoxicated driving are not worth the risk of getting home early or trying to save cab fare.
With that safety, warning said, it is still possible for people to drive under the legal limit and find themselves in handcuffs. Police officers looking for drunk drivers might be more inclined to “see” them where they are not, especially during the holiday season when they are encouraged to crack down on potential offenders.
To lessen your worries and that of the officer during a roadside stop, and hopefully avoid being arrested for a DWI, remember:
- Keep your hands visible and use deliberate movements.
- Get your license ready for when the officer asks for it.
- Remain courteous but only speak when necessary.
- Never give information that might be incriminating.
With the likelihood that you will be just one of many vehicles at a DWI checkpoint at any given time, the police are really only looking for troublemakers and those who are clearly intoxicated. By following the aforementioned hints, you should be able to increase your chances of showing the officers that you are not a danger on the road and should be allowed to go on your way without incident.
In case you are arrested for driving while intoxicated, you need to start thinking about your defense right away. Invoke your Fifth Amendment right to stay silent and request that you get to speak to your attorney before providing any other information. You should use your phone call to dial 914.241.0004 and get a free over-the-phone consultation with The Law Offices of Robert Schuster.
Our Westchester criminal defense attorney is widely recognized for his skill and experience in DWI cases and trials. Attorney Schuster has won numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including “Top 100 DWI Attorneys in New York State” by the NAFDD, “Top 10 DWI Lawyer in New York” by the American Institute of DWI Attorneys, and “Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer” by American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). With hundreds of DWI cases under his belt, he has yet to lose a DWI trial.
Contact us any hour of any day to learn more about your rights and options.