In Alabama and nationwide, anti-DUI campaigns are launched to prevent drunk driving accidents. While the efforts are well intentioned, law enforcement departments, agencies, and their officers will be aggressively targeting drivers with criminal charges and penalties.
While these charges may be warranted in some cases, other drivers will unfairly face arrest and penalties, including jail time, fines, loss of license, and the long-term consequences of a conviction. Alabama and Tennessee are teaming up tolaunch a highly visible campaign known as “Hands Across Borders” through Labor Day. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of DUI-related accidents. Law enforcement officers will be targeting all drivers on the interstates and Alabama and Tennessee roads.
Drunk driving can result in serious accidents, injuries and wrongful death. Targeting alleged drunk drivers can result in arrests, jail time, and severe consequences for defendants. While DUI campaigns may reduce drunk driving, individuals who are targeted deserve experienced defense when fighting criminal charges. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been charged with drunk driving. We understand the severe consequences of an arrest and conviction and will work to minimize charges and penalties.
According to law enforcement officials, aggressive and highly visible law enforcement campaigns can reduce fatalities by 20%. The “Hands Across Borders” campaign is intended to bridge agencies from Alabama and Tennessee and to focus on delivering a higher rate of DUIs, seat belt violations, distracted driving violations, and criminal charges for “improper lane movements.” Troopers and deputies in both states are looking to crackdown on drivers with an increased number of sobriety checkpoints and plan to saturate routes with more patrol cars. According to authorities, the campaign will improve public safety through aggressive law enforcement. The same campaign has existed in the southeastern states for over 20 years and is the largest collaborative campaign between state law enforcement teams.
While advocates believe it will reduce the number of fatalities on the road, individual drivers should be wary of an increased likelihood of getting pulled over. From mid-August through Labor Day, the increased efforts by law enforcement will also mean a spike in DUI arrests and charges. Local police departments, counties, cities, and state law enforcement agencies are working together to pull-over and arrest more alleged drunk drivers through this campaign. If you have been pulled over or charged, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate about your rights.
There are many ways to challenge a drunk driving allegation. Officers must have probable cause to make a stop and arrest. They must also follow strict rules and procedures when administering a breathalyzer test or field sobriety test. An experienced advocate can review evidence presented in your case and challenge any evidence that was illegally obtained. Remember that even though drunk driving campaigns seek to reduce the number of accidents, individual drivers and defendants could face aggressive law enforcement tactics in violation of their rights.