New Year’s Eve is more than just the last day of every year, it is also the holiday with the most DUI arrests. When you’re getting dressed up and ready to go out this New Year’s Eve, know that your local law enforcement is out in full force with road blocks and patrols to catch anyone drinking and driving. If you plan on doing any drinking to celebrate ringing in the New Year, do not get behind the wheel of a car. Hire a limousine, use a car service, grab a taxi, or use public transportation, whatever you do, do NOT drive! As little as two beers, glasses of wine or mixed drinks in one hour is enough to put most people’s blood alcohol over the legal limit of .08 grams of alcohol per cubic centimeter.

If you are pulled over on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence, you should assume you are being recorded (on video and audio). Recording equipment varies between agencies and vehicles but most patrol cars have a video camera that records forward through the windshield and some also record from the back seat. The patrol officer that has pulled you over is probably wearing a remote microphone and there is probably an audio recoding device in their patrol care as well. This means that everything you do or say is most likely being recorded so it is important to stay calm.

If the police officer asks you to perform field sobriety tests and a breath test, it is important to remember that these tests are voluntary. While you may think you can easily perform the tasks, you should know that they are actually quite complex and remember, you’re being recorded. Your performance of these tests will be used by the officer to build his/her case against you for Driving Under the Influence.

If the officer already has enough evidence to arrest you for Driving Under the Influence, field sobriety and breath testing will only give the officer more evidence to use against you. If you are placed under arrest and taken to jail, remember that you are still most likely on video when you are in the patrol car, even if the officer is not in your presence. What you say and do can be added to the evidence the officer has already accumulated. Do not say or do anything to further incriminate yourself.

A DUI arrest not only affects your driver’s license and insurance rates, it can affect your job, and relationships with your friends and family. New Year’s Eve is the most risky time of year to be drinking and driving. Don’t start 2017 behind bars. Be safe and responsible. Don’t drink and drive!