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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jan 26, 2015

Millions of people around the world will be gathering on Super Bowl SUnday to watch the big game, and thousands of people will be in the valley for the festivities.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 43% of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday in 2012 were caused by drunk driving, compared to an average of 31% for the rest of the year.

Since the valley is hosting the colossal event this year, the  Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be stepping-up its DUI enforcement efforts.  DPS will have a large contingent of additional officers participating in DUI saturation patrols on freeways throughout the area.

Whether you’re headed to a friend’s party or taking part in the big game festivities around the valley,

Here are some tips on avoiding DUIs if you’re attending a friend’s Super Bowl party:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins.  Make sure that your designated driver is committed to staying sober.

  • Avoid drinking too much too fast; make sure you eat, alternate with water or other non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Stop drinking at the beginning of the third quarter of the game.

  • Be sure you are sober before you drive.  If you have any doubts, have a sober friend drive you or call a cab.

  • Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.  If you see another partygoer about to drive intoxicated, take their keys and call them a cab.

If you drive and you’re pulled over, tell the officer that you wish to use your right to remain silent.  Give the officer your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance upon request. You have no obligation to speak and anything you say could be used against you.  If you are arrested for DUI, your first step is to speak to a lawyer. An internet search can tell you how to find a DUI lawyer in Arizona.

Remember that you can get a DUI in Arizona, even if you have a blood alcohol concentration below 0.08.  You only need to be impaired by alcohol or drugs, and any alcohol on your breath or erratic driving gives law enforcement cause for suspicion.  If you are convicted of a DUI charge, the penalties in Arizona are severe.   Be safe this Super Bowl Sunday and know your rights.