Be Prepared this Weekend, the chances of being pulled over are higher than usual! The New Hampshire and Massachusetts State Police are vigilantly working to keep aggressive, drunk, and unsafe drivers off the road. Friday May 25th- Monday May 28th the State Police from NH and MA will use every method available including sobriety checkpoints/DWI Roadblocks, courtesy and speeding detail patrol units, aircraft radar control, and marked and unmarked vehicles. MA and NH State Police have extra-large quantities of State Police on duty this weekend to keep roads safer and fatality rates down.
1. Make Sure Your Inspection Stickers and Registrations Are Valid
- An important reminder if you are driving this weekend is to make sure that your car has a valid inspection sticker, as well as a valid registration. 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. The police will take any chance they can get to pull you over for any reason! Like all other motor vehicle codes, 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. AVOID one potential for this by making 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, as well as their inspection stickers and license plates, to avoid some unwanted interaction with police. Avoid giving the police some of these chances to legally stop you by making sure that all your lights are functioning, your registration and inspection stickers are up to date, and your license is valid.
3. Don’t Tell the Cops You Take Prescription Meds
- So what happens when the police think you’re intoxicated but they can’t smell alcohol? They will usually ask you if you take any medications. If a cop suspects you of intoxication and asks you if you take medications, you are at high risk to get arrested. If you answer “yes” and describe what you take, even if it’s prescribed to you, it increases your risk of arrest.
- There is no better time to exercise your right to remain silent and your right to a lawyer than when a cop asks you if you are taking prescription drugs. Most innocent people believe that if they explain to the police that they are taking medications exactly as their doctor prescribed them they will steer clear of the DWI net the police are trying to catch them in. Wrong. Be careful how you answer any question posed by the police when you are stopped.
PREPARATION FOR THIS WORST CASE SCENARIO – It is not a bad idea to prepare for this event. Have your license and registration in an easy place to find and an easy place to quickly and effortlessly produce upon demand. Don’t put your license in a difficult spot to pull it out quickly when you need to. Practice taking your license out of your wallet in the safety of your home. CONSIDER GETTING A REGISTRATION HOLDER TO KEEP YOUR VEHICLE REGISTRATION IN. If you do not have one send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I will send you a registration holder for every one of your vehicles free of charge. Then practice producing your license and registration fairly often. It will make it easier if you have to produce them under a pressurized situation.
Have a Safe Memorial Day Weekend,
New Hampshire DWI Attorney Mark Stevens
Law Office of Mark Stevens
5 Manor Parkway
Salem, NH 03079
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