As you celebrate the winter holidays here in Frankfort, remember that the state Office of Highway Safety (OHS) continues its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign through January 1, 2023.
The combined efforts of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the OHS (under the auspices of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and local and statewide law enforcement agencies are funding and implementing the DUI deterrent program.
Pre-arrange a sober ride home
The campaign, which began on Dec. 14, is supported by Gov. Andy Beshear. He urges Kentucky residents and visitors to “celebrate responsibly by booking a safe ride home or designating a sober driver.”
With all the ride-share options out there, it is easier now than ever before to assure you are safe riding home with a sober driver.
Remember that judgment flees with alcohol consumption
Part of the reason why drinking and driving is so dangerous is that alcohol alters the judgment of the drinker. That can make them perceive themselves as able to drive when they are legally intoxicated.
People have lapses in judgment all the time, and some are more serious than others. If your lapse of judgment resulted in a holiday season DUI, your actions during and immediately after the detention and arrest have a significant impact on the outcome of the charges.
Know your rights
A drunk driving arrest can be quite stressful. Some people respond to stress by talking. Do not do this. Remain compliant and calm, but state that you are exercising your Constitutional right to remain silent and that you want to speak with a criminal defense attorney before agreeing to answer questions from police.