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Avoiding a stop in San Francisco


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11/17/2008
Anders Johnson
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You've been drinking.  You're ready to go home.  How does one avoid getting stopped by law enforcement in the first place?  A San Francisco primer.

Three things to remember.  First of all, know your car.  If you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the car you are driving, your chances of driving erratically or making mistakes increase.  Take a moment before you go out, and make sure you know where all the devices are in the car, get your seat and positioning set, and get an overall feel for the car.  Taking a few seconds to do this will save money in the long run if you are stopped later on.

Know where you are going.  Many of my DUI clients get stopped because they got lost, and made a wrong turn.  At 3 a.m. in the morning.  Before you start driving, know where you are going, and how to get back home.  Getting lost will lead to errors in your driving, and getting stopped by law enforcement.

Finally, avoid sobriety checkpoints.  While law enforcement is legally required to notify the public of where and when checkpoints will be, you may not have gotten the memo.  Check the newspaper or website before you go out.

San Francisco is a beautiful city, and its nightlife is varied.  Taking these precautions will make your night excursion safe, and hassle free.



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