Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Thanksgiving is here! And along with it are a lot of extra police patrols throughout New Hampshire. Your chances of being stopped by the police are greater than ever this weekend due to DWI roadblocks and “DWI saturation patrols”, which are extra patrol cars making traffic stops for the most minor traffic infractions or equipment violations. Avoid giving the police any chances to legally stop you by making sure that all of your lightswork, your registration and inspection stickers are up to date, and your license is valid. The best way to avoid getting arrested for DWI or any other crime is not to get stopped in the first place. Many people who get accused of DWI are not actually drunk.
Be vigilant tonight and throughout this holiday weekend by taking the extra steps to stay safe. Here are some points that might be helpful to keep in mind if you drive at night over this weekend:
1. Make Sure Your Inspection Stickers and Registrations Are Valid. When you drive into a roadblock, or even drive by the police this weekend without a valid inspection sticker you can count on being stopped and hassled. Like all the motor vehicle code, the police often co-opt this to see if you have been drinking or have drugs in your car. The penalty for a violation of this section of the motor vehicle code is $60, but the real penalty is when the police smell alcohol or suspect that you have been drinking after stopping you for the lack of an inspection sticker. Many drivers who are initially stopped for this minor violation end up charged with DWI, DUI or OUI. Make sure your inspection stickers are up to date.
2. Make Sure Your Plate Lights and Other Lights Work. Everyone driving at night should check their brake lights, plate lights, and other lighting, to avoid unwanted interaction with police. The cheesiest of motor vehicle stops begin with a passive equipment violation such as those I’ve just mentioned. In these types of stops, the driver is not exhibiting any signs of impairment; he may be obeying the speed limit, maintaining appropriate lane control, and otherwise following every rule of the road, but he finds himself in the flashing blue glow of police lighting wondering why he was stopped.
PREPARATION FOR THIS WORST CASE SCENARIO. It is a good idea to prepare for this . Have your license and registration in an easy place to find and an easy place to quickly and effortlessly produce upon demand by a cop. Practice taking your license out of your wallet in the safety of your home. CONSIDER GETTING A REGISTRATION HOLDER TO KEEP YOUR REGISTRATION IN. If you don’t have one contact me and I will send you a registration holder for every one of your vehicles free of charge. Then practice producing your license and registration frequently. It will make it easier to do if you ever have to produce them under a pressurized roadside situation.
Have a safe weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving,
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