The 4th of July is just days away and since it falls on a Monday this year, many will have a three-day weekend, hurray! Talk about a fun holiday; backyard BBQ’s, parades, community gatherings, and of course fireworks. It’s a great way to remember that back on July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and declared the United States a new and free nation.
However, with all this 4th of July summer fun, comes increased drinking and driving, so expect to see a greater presence of law enforcement officers watching the roadways and waterways for DUI’s and BUI’s (driving under the influence and boating under the influence), in efforts to keep all people safe.
Starting today, June 30th, city police and county sheriffs will increase their DUI patrol units. The increase in law enforcement will continue through the holiday weekend and will start to taper off mid day Tuesday, July 5th.
And for those celebrating the 4th out on a boat in the Seattle waterways, be aware that the coast guard and Seattle police will be out in full force patrolling for possible BUI’s. Remember that it is illegal to drink alcohol while operating a boat.
Here’s what you can do to prevent DUI’s and BUI’s this Independence Day weekend;
The simplest solution to avoid a DUI and BUI is to not drink any type of alcohol or partake in any type of drug use.
Designate a sober driver; someone who does not consume any alcohol or drugs through out the entire day.
If you are a designated driver or a sober driver, be a good defensive driver and be aware there could be an intoxicated driver on the road.
If you do decide to drink, don’t drive and take advantage of all the great public transportation options; taxi, buses, Uber, Rideshare, etc.
The 4th of July is upon us, which is all fun and fireworks! However, one should proceed with caution because it is also a holiday when law enforcement agencies tend to ramp up their number of patrol units in efforts to deter DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or BUI (Boating Under the Influence).
You should expect to see police patrolling major Independence Day hot spots, such as the Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works Park in Seattle and also around downtown Bellevue where the masses will be gathering for the Bellevue Family Fourth.
Freeways and highways will have increased troopers, the Washington State Patrol strategically places troopers along the I5 corridor during the entire 4th of July weekend.
Additionally, the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies may be seen in greater numbers out on the waterways during the 4th, checking boats for anyone operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and /or drugs. Remember, it’s not only the captain of a boat that is at risk for BUI, but it is anyone who is operating the boat that is under the influence of a substance that is at risk for a BUI charge.
The NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recently released their campaign of “Buzzed driving and July 4th don’t mix” which actually is good advice for all 4th of Julyers, due to the fact that more often than not law enforcement officers will arrest an individual for DUI or BUI even if their BAC level is below Washington State’s legal drinking limit of 0.08.
Be safe while having fun, Happy 4th of July from the staff and DUI defense attorneys at David O Defense!
Washington State boaters don’t forget the legal limit for drinking alcohol and operating a boat is .08, the same limit when driving a vehicle. If an individual has consumed over the legal limit and is operating a boat they could potentially be arrested and charged with a BUI (boating under the influence). Here are some quick tips to remember if you are being questioned for BUI by the Coast Guard, police, or law enforcement.
Be respectful to the officer.
Don’t make any incriminating statements. For example, “I feel wasted!” or “I’m so drunk!”
Refuse to take the BUI field sobriety tests. They are voluntary.
If you are arrested ask to speak to David O, top rated Washington State criminal defense attorney. If you haven’t already, be sure to program my phone number (206) 459-6392 into your cell, I will take your call 24/7.