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HOW TO AVOID A DRUNK DRIVING ARREST:

1. Donít drive after drinking.

2. Keep a copy of our business card with you at all times.

3. Do not drive a motor vehicle with defective equipment.

4. Do not commit unnecessary traffic violations such as speeding, failure to use turn signals, failure to come to a complete stop, etc.

5. Do not get out of the car once you are stopped.

6. Do not have the radio playing. Tell your passengers to say nothing and look straight ahead.

7. Keep your driverís license, registration and proof of insurance accessible place and, when the officer requests these items, hand them to him without saying anything.

8. If the officer asks you if you were aware of your traffic violation, do not argue, simply say "I did not know".

9. Do not volunteer any information.

10. If asked to step from your vehicle, do so slowly and directly and avoid touching or holding on to your car.

11. Prior to driving, you should place gum and/or mints in your mouth, and should continue chewing on them unless instructed to remove them.

12. While in contact with the officer, breathe through your nose and not through your mouth.

13. You should not keep anything suspicious and/or that may arouse the officerís attention or concern within the interior of your car that would be in plain view.

14. If you receive a citation, do not argue or ask any questions.

15. If possible, wait for the officer to leave before pulling away from the traffic stop.

16. Pull into the next gas station, convenience store, or other public place and call for a ride.

17. Do not discuss this matter with any motel or convenience store clerks, as they may contact the police.

18. If possible, avoid driving late at night, particularly between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

19. Do not agree to allow the officer to search your vehicle. If you are arrested, do not plead your case to the officer.

20. If possible, answer all of the officerís questions in one-word answers, i.e. "Yes" or "No".

21. If the officerís questions move into areas regarding your consumption of alcohol and/or submission to sobriety evaluations, you should respond with "Iím sorry officer, but without speaking with my attorney, I do not want to answer any questions or volunteer to perform any tests" and follow that response with "May I call my attorney?". If the officer refuses, indicate that if you are not under arrest, you wish to leave.

22. If you are allowed to leave and you believe you may have had too much to drink, do not get back in the vehicle. Leave the vehicle where it is. The cost of a tow bill is less than the cost of a drunk driving defense.

23. Continually request to speak to an attorney before answering questions or submitting to any chemical or field tests.

24. If you are placed under arrest, indicate to the officer a desire to have an independent chemical test.

25. Pay close attention to each thing the officer does so that you can give an accurate description of the nightís events.

26. Consider having every other drink be non-alcoholic.

27. Keep eye drops, such as Visine, with you and use before leaving the place where you have been drinking.

28. Prior to driving, eat some heavy food, such as peanut butter, onions, or chew spicy-flavored gum.

29. Eat prior to drinking and continue eating as you drink. Concentrate on high carbohydrate foods, such as potatoes, rice, bread and pasta.

30. Avoid drinking alcohol when you are sick, as certain medications and/or having a fever can elevate your bodily alcohol content.

31. The combination of alcohol and certain medications could cause you to be charged with another criminal offense, i.e., operating under the influence of drugs.

32. Choose drinks with a lower alcohol content.

33. Avoid alcoholic beverages that are either mixed with carbonated beverages or are themselves carbonated, as the carbonation increases the rate that your body will absorb the alcohol.

34. Do not drink more than one drink per hour.

35. If you weigh 150 pounds or less, do not drink more than one drink every two hours.

36. Drink plenty of water and consider alternating a full 12 ounces or more of water with every alcoholic drink.

37. If you feel the effects of alcohol or have a "buzz on", consider not driving.

38. Stop drinking alcoholic beverages at least 1Ĺ hours before departing to drive home. During this period, consume several glasses of water.

39. Perform sobriety evaluations on yourself prior to driving.

40. Drive in as normal a manner as possible without committing any traffic violations. Driving below the speed limit, wide turns, weaving within your lane, or passing other slow moving vehicles, are actions, while not traffic violations, that will draw attention to your vehicle and may be used by the officer as the basis for a stop.

41. Do not operate a motor vehicle after drinking during bad weather.

42. Do not stop to be a good Samaritan after you have been drinking.

43. Do not exit your vehicle unless instructed to do so.

44. KEEP A COPY OF OUR BUSINESS CARD WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.