All over the country and in Los Angeles County in particular law enforcement agencies will be out in force to crack down on DUI. Part of those efforts will including roving patrols and DUI checkpoints. Here's a quick list of things to remember if you or someone you know is stopped tonight.
- Always be respectful to the police. Every interaction with the police involves a hidden test: the attitude test. You won't do yourself any favors by being rude or insulting.
- You do not have to answer any questions. Remember that every question is designed in some way to incriminate you; even the ones that appear harmless. Respectfully tell the officer that you are invoking your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. They will pressure you to talk and tell you that it makes you look guilty but, trust us, it's better to stay silent.
- You do not have to do the field sobriety tests! They are voluntary and, worse, there's no way to "pass" these tests. When the officer says, "I just want to check your eyes," simply say, "I respectfully refuse to submit to any field sobriety testing."
- You do not have to blow into the breathalyzer on the side of the road. It's called the PAS device and it's not required. Nothing good will come from blowing into it. Respectfully refuse it!
- During the stop, do not consent to a search of your vehicle, property or residence. No good can come from allowing the police to search around your things. Simply say, "I do not consent to searches."
Please be safe tonight and remember to protect your rights!