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Florida Authorities Increase DUI Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

September 1, 2016

Labor Day weekend is nearly here and for many across Miami and South Florida, that means a three day weekend and plenty of time to celebrate the end of summer. Whatever you’ll be doing this coming weekend, Hager & Schwartz, P.A. would like to remind you that law enforcement will be on high alert for some common crimes that tend to spike during holiday weekends, including:

In particular, law enforcement agencies throughout the region will be ramping up efforts to keep public roads and highways free from drunk and drugged drivers. Statistically, Labor Day weekend sees a significant spike in alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and deaths – which is why authorities will be ramping up efforts to increase arrests.

To help deter drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel, officers will be employing a number of tactics, including:

  • DUI checkpoints – Law enforcement often conduct DUI sobriety checkpoints during periods of increased enforcement. These checkpoints are typically set up at locations and times where drunk driving is most likely to happen, such as around bars late at night.
  • Increased patrols – Law enforcement agencies from multiple jurisdictions will be increasing the number of officers on patrol, especially officers who are on the lookout specifically for impaired motorists. These officers will be paying close attention to drivers that exhibit signs of impairment such as weaving, unsafe lane changes, dangerous speeds, and more.

Whatever your plans may be, our firm encourages you to make safety a priority by planning a ride or taking a taxi if you plan to drink. Remember, DUI is a serious crime that can pose serious fines and penalties – penalties that can escalate significantly if prior DUIs, accidents, or other aggravating circumstances are involved.

At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami DUI lawyers have successfully defended many clients charged with driving under the influence, including those who were arrested during holidays and periods of increased enforcement. If you or someone you love is arrested for DUI at any time in Miami or any other area in Southern Florida, our team is here to help. We handle the full range of DUI charges, from misdemeanors and multiple offenses to serious felonies. We also represent clients during administrative license hearings.